Enough To Be Mortal Now

By Rienzi Crusz

Enough To Be Mortal Now
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In his most recent volume of poetry, Rienzi Crusz?s preoccupations have not substantially changed, but his perspectives have shifted. Still deeply conscious of time and place, here he concerns himself with broader existential concerns, with love and hope, and tragedy, death, ... Read more


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In his most recent volume of poetry, Rienzi Crusz?s preoccupations have not substantially changed, but his perspectives have shifted. Still deeply conscious of time and place, here he concerns himself with broader existential concerns, with love and hope, and tragedy, death, and despair. Nature continues to inspire in its concreteness and its tranquility. As he meditates on the edge of silence, he walks feistily as always through the scowl of age and lovingly through the many idioms of the sun, revelling in the poetic spaces he has defined with his "singing metaphors" and the dance of words.

Rienzi Crusz

"Arguably the best living Sri Lankan poet in English" (World Literature Today), and compared to Walcott and Soyinka, Rienzi Crusz came to Canada in 1965. He was educated at the Universities of Ceylon, London, Toronto, and Waterloo, where he was also the Reference Librarian. He is the author of twelve volumes of poetry and has been widely published in periodicals and anthologies. He lives in Waterloo.

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"Arguably the best living Sri Lankan poet in English." --World Literature Today "At 84, the Waterloo poet knows a thing or two about mortality. His thoughts, musings and speculations, not to mention certainties and anxieties, are given eloquent expression in this deep, rich, moving meditative collection of poems that celebrate life as it reflects on death."-- Robert Reid, The Record, December 2, 2009

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