Nothing You Can Carry

By Susan Alexander

Nothing You Can Carry
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Nothing You Can Carry is rooted in a keen, even holy, sense of place within the natural world. Today that place is haunted by anxiety over a precarious present and a darker future. These poems take an honest, sometimes ironic and sometimes broken-hearted look at how the self ... Read more


Overview

Nothing You Can Carry is rooted in a keen, even holy, sense of place within the natural world. Today that place is haunted by anxiety over a precarious present and a darker future. These poems take an honest, sometimes ironic and sometimes broken-hearted look at how the self and society are implicated in our climate crisis and the systemic complexities surrounding it.

Yet life goes on. The collection moves through environmental fears and spills into all the areas that absorb the self – memory, story, family, love.

These poems are vivid and vulnerable, humorous and emotional. They summon the deeper mysteries of being human in a world that is increasingly separate from the sacred.

Susan Alexander

Susan Alexander is the author of The Dance Floor Tilts. Her poems have received multiple awards and appeared in chapbooks, anthologies, several literary magazines in Canada and the U.K., as well as on Vancouver buses and in the woods at Whistler. Most recently her suite of poems, Vigil, received the 2019 Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize for Faith and Poetry. Susan lives and writes on Bowen Island/ Nexwle´lexm in Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem, unceded territory of the Squamish Nation.

Excerpt

“Hosanna”

Every flower

that opens is a hosanna

a prayer heard

that only needs

be answered

yes

 

prayer is not asking

not supplication

prayer is dwelling

in the rapture

common as weeds

swarming so close

upon us

 

beyond the fear of being

untethered

by wonder

you are carried

deep within

to the fuse

that made you

yes

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