Anthem

By Helen Humphreys

Anthem
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Winner of the 2000 Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry and shortlisted for the 2000 Pat Lowther Award and the 2001 Milton Acorn Memorial People’s Poetry PrizePhysical and fiercely lyric, Helen Humphreys' Anthem is a litany of want. A song of poverty and of desire, ... Read more


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Winner of the 2000 Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry and shortlisted for the 2000 Pat Lowther Award and the 2001 Milton Acorn Memorial People’s Poetry PrizePhysical and fiercely lyric, Helen Humphreys' Anthem is a litany of want. A song of poverty and of desire, of the reach forward and the relentless backward glance. With stark images and subtle, tensile strength, her poems touch that rare interval between presence and absence, echo and answer, between wall and window and sky -- that gap in which we live, the space words make.

Helen Humphreys

Helen Humphreys is the author of three previous books of poetry: Gods and Other Mortals(Brick 1986), Nuns Looking Anxious, Listening to Radios (Brick 1990), and The Perils of Geography (Brick 1995). Her novel Leaving Earth (HarperCollins 1997) has been published in seven countries and won the 1998 City of Toronto Book Award. She lives and writes in Kingston, Ontario.

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