All the Broken Things

By Geoff Inverarity

All the Broken Things
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Geoff Inverarity writes poems for people who don't like poetry (andthose who do). In this debut collection Inverarity writes of broken things, things thathave come apart at the seams, things that ought not to but sometimes dodissolve with time: friendships, relationships, promises, ... Read more


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Geoff Inverarity writes poems for people who don't like poetry (andthose who do). In this debut collection Inverarity writes of broken things, things thathave come apart at the seams, things that ought not to but sometimes dodissolve with time: friendships, relationships, promises, aging parents,hearts, bodies, love, and even time itself. But it's not all shattereddreams and sad-luck stories here, there is hope and optimism too - inthe future, in the Now, and in the heat and power of the cominggenerations. And there are poems of memory, poems for grandfathers andaging aunts, children and lost loves. Inverarity also probes the themultitude of possibilities "in this fallen world of compromises," gentlyreminding us that "we're stockpiling for the short term / the long termwe don't know. / No matter how much you prepare / there's alwayssomething new looming / like the Unexploded Grief Bomb. " It is a worldwhere we struggle to give back the past, to finally get to the point"where the past does not exist" and "where all history is now. "The penultimate entry is "Mars Variations," a wonderfully extended suiteof complementary poems, a time-traveling fractal narrative: a sci-fihorror movie for the ears, referencing works as disparate as JuliusCaesar's Gallic Wars and H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, Wordsworth's"Prelude," and horror films like Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man along withnods towards the various iterations of Godzilla; and of course theclassic 1962 "Mars Attacks" Topp's Bubble Gum cards - which form a framing device. The sequence explores the relationship between time,fiction, and facts; between public history and private experience. The book concludes with a short Epilogue, assuring us that "one day, allthe broken things will be mended. "

Geoff Inverarity

Father of three, grandfather of two, Geoff lives with his partner on Galiano Island. He's produced and written a number of award-winning short films, taught literature and Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, and has also won awards for his screenplays, poetry, and non-fiction prose. He's a frequent poetry contributor to Geist magazine and is currently the Director of the Galiano Island Literary Festival.

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Praise for Inverarity:"engaging on all levels, in terms of verbal dexterity, humour, telling images and a kind of unexpected liveliness that you don't often see these days. " - Gary Geddes, recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence "a wizard of tongues" - bill bissett

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