Blue Sonoma

By Jane Munro

Blue Sonoma
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A wise and embodied collection of dreamscapes, sutras and prayer poems from a writer at her peak

In Blue Sonoma, award-winning poet Jane Munro draws on her well-honed talents to address what Eliot called ?the gifts reserved for age. ? A beloved partner's crossing into Alzheimer's ... Read more


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A wise and embodied collection of dreamscapes, sutras and prayer poems from a writer at her peak

In Blue Sonoma, award-winning poet Jane Munro draws on her well-honed talents to address what Eliot called ?the gifts reserved for age. ? A beloved partner's crossing into Alzheimer's is at the heart of this book, and his "battered blue Sonoma" is an evocation of numerous other crossings: between empirical reportage and meditative apprehension, dreaming and wakefulness, Eastern and Western poetic traditions. Rich in both pathos and sharp shards of insight, Munro's wisdom here is deeply embedded, shot through with moments of wit and candour. In the tradition of Taoist poets like Wang Wei and Po-Chu-i, her sixth and best book opens a wide poetic space, and renders difficult conditions with the lightest of touches.

Grey wood twisted tight
within the framework of the tree?
impossible to snap off,
forged as it dries.

And in me, parts I can't imagine
myself without?silvering.
?from "The live arbutus carries dead branches . .. "

Jane Munro

Jane Munro?s sixth poetry collection Blue Sonoma (Brick Books) won the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. A member of the collaborative poetry group Yoko?s Dogs, she has been a professor of Creative Writing at several universities in BC, taught many informal writing workshops, and read her poetry to audiences across Canada. For more than twenty years, she has studied (in Canada and in India) and practiced Iyengar Yoga. In 2012, she moved back to Vancouver?where she grew up and raised her children?after spending twenty years living rurally on the coast of Vancouver Island.

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"spellbinding . .. haunting . .. thoughtful, evocative . .. arresting images . .. Zen-like spirituality . .. "
~The Toronto Star

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