Skylight

By Antony Di Nardo

Skylight
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Skylight by Antony Di Nardo is a collection of poetry that explores the interplay between a disintegrating natural world and the human observer. "A talking tree, a talking tree/in the language of dead leaves" ends a poem in the award-winning suite, "May June July," where cancer ... Read more


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Skylight by Antony Di Nardo is a collection of poetry that explores the interplay between a disintegrating natural world and the human observer. "A talking tree, a talking tree/in the language of dead leaves" ends a poem in the award-winning suite, "May June July," where cancer cells are constellations. This is poetry with an ear to the ground, an ear for the unexpected. Partly feral, partly tamed and formal, the poems in Skylight illuminate shadows in the rough and clarify the spark between observer and observed. With language that surprises, images are rooted in the rocks, anchored into passing clouds. The poetry both entertains and acknowledges what words can do, like nothing else can, to shape experience and bear witness. Trees dominate, a fool hen comes crashing through the screen, people make travel plans to leave themselves behind - Skylight is a record of what we miss in the world outside our windows.

Antony Di Nardo

ANTONY DI NARDO was born in Montreal and is the author of three previous collections of poetry. Recent work has been translated into both French and Italian, and appears in several anthologies. In 2017 he won Exile's Gwendolyn MacEwen Prize for Best Suite of Poems. He divides his time between Sutton, Quebec and Cobourg, Ontario.

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