Poetry Is Blood

By Keith Garebian

Poetry Is Blood
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Combining eloquent lyrics and edgy anti-lyrics, the poems in Poetry is Blood both rehearse and flout conventions of lyric poetry to speak with deep-rooted melancholy about family and tribal history, ancient walls, paintings, monuments, martyred poets, and genocidal madness. ... Read more


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Combining eloquent lyrics and edgy anti-lyrics, the poems in Poetry is Blood both rehearse and flout conventions of lyric poetry to speak with deep-rooted melancholy about family and tribal history, ancient walls, paintings, monuments, martyred poets, and genocidal madness. These pieces have the wide cross-stylistic reach of elegy yet fearlessly resist any redemptive rhetoric. They possess the rare ability of being both personal and political at the same time.

Keith Garebian

KEITH GAREBIAN is a widely published, award-winning author of non-fiction and poetry, who lives in Mississauga, Ontario. Of his 19 books to date, five are of poetry, including Frida: Paint Me As A Volcano (Buschek), Blue: The Derek Jarman Poems (Signature), Children of Ararat (Frontenac) and Moon on Wild Grasses (Guernica), for which he supplied the cover paintings and illustrations.

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Poetry is Blood is a passionate and riveting journey into Armenian genocide memory and trauma, vision, and fact. Garebian's poems bear witness across generations reminding us that poetic imagination makes the past urgent. --Peter Balakian

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