Woman Downstairs, The

By Julie Bruck

Woman Downstairs, The
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In The Woman Downstairs, eloquence joins intimately with an attentive and hungry eye. Julie Bruck explores the accidents and acquaintances of life, its small coincidences and occurrences, its unexpected meetings. With a passionate distance, Bruck blends the outside observer's ... Read more


Overview

In The Woman Downstairs, eloquence joins intimately with an attentive and hungry eye. Julie Bruck explores the accidents and acquaintances of life, its small coincidences and occurrences, its unexpected meetings. With a passionate distance, Bruck blends the outside observer's cool embrace with a desire to know intensely life's eccentric smallnesses, to gentle the beautiful out of the mundane. By turns witty and thoughtful, Bruck's writing is always graceful, always a delight.

Julie Bruck

Julie Bruck has published three previous collections with Brick Books, most recently, Monkey Ranch, which received the Governor General's Award for Poetry in 2012. Recent work has appeared in The New Yorker, Best Canadian Poetry, The Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day, Plume, The Puritan, Hazlitt, and The Rusty Toque. A long-time Montrealer, she lives in San Francisco.

Reviews

"There is a keen intelligence in this collection which drives it beyond the visual to the metaphysical ... startling images which lead toward new and fresh insights."--Nathalie Cooke, The Montreal Gazette

"Bruck maps the intersection of our exterior and interior worlds with a sharp eye and a kind hand ... full of wise and vivid phrases ... This is an inviting and elegant first book that should win Julie Bruck many attentive readers."--Marlene Cookshaw, Books in Canada

"Her book opens up with one of those home-run poems that you just have to stare at as it goes over the bleachers."--The Globe and Mail

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