Return from Erebus

By (author): Julia McCarthy

Erebus, the dark and shadowy outer realm of the Underworld in Greek mythology, becomes a place of transition and becoming in Julia McCarthy’s Return from Erebus. The poems articulate this darkness with such keen and evocative vision and language that it appears to be made of light; they explore the richness of being, the ephemeral nature of our experience, and its inherent grief, where Ôjays smash like blue china/flung into the trees/and fly away mending themselves’ and you Ôhear rain and the river/the sound of water walking on itself again.’

AUTHOR

Julia McCarthy

Julia McCarthy was born in Toronto and has lived in Alaska, Georgia, South Africa, and Norway. Her first book, Stormthrower, was published by Wolsak & Wynn in 2002. She has worked at many jobs, including bookstore clerk, library assistant, potter and bead maker, and freelance writer/editor. She lives in rural Nova Scotia, about an hour outside Halifax.


Reviews

“Like the work of Gwendolyn MacEwen, to whom one of the poems is dedicated, the poems Ômove through me like water/ and the colour of my life is changed'”–Kath Maclean, Prairie Fire Review of Books

“It is a challenging read at times, but that’s because it doesn’t assume the reader is incapable of meeting that challenge. And it has some of the best imagery I’ve read in awhile … Such a glorious collection of poems!”–Inkslinger, The Over-Decorated Bookcase


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Erebus, the dark and shadowy outer realm of the Underworld in Greek mythology, becomes a place of transition and becoming in Julia McCarthy’s Return from Erebus. The poems articulate this darkness with such keen and evocative vision and language that it appears to be made of light; they explore the richness of being, the ephemeral nature of our experience, and its inherent grief, where Ôjays smash like blue china/flung into the trees/and fly away mending themselves’ and you Ôhear rain and the river/the sound of water walking on itself again.’

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Details

Dimensions:

112 Pages
8.75in * 6in * 0.405in
240lb

Published:

August 15, 2010

Country of Publication:

CA

Publisher:

Brick Books

ISBN:

9781894078788

Book Subjects:

POETRY / Canadian

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Language:

eng

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