Sotto Voce

By (author): Maureen Hynes

Poems that give full attention to a world in shambles, a world in which “mercy is failing.”

Maureen Hynes, in her fifth book of poetry, speaks tenderly yet vehemently about the threatened worlds that concern her. From Toronto, where she lives and walks the city’s afflicted watershed, she turns her attention to the near and far, shifting it from the First Nations’ stolen lands to Syria and the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean; from the deaths of family and friends to the newborns into whose care our endangered planet will pass; and from love’s transient regrets to the sustaining love two women share. Hynes’ is a gaze that grieves quietly, delights humbly, and, in the search for solace, never rests. Each poem in Sotto Voce is a recitative of healing. Hear the music in every word and, despite the damaged environments Hynes gives voice to, be restored.

This is a book that bears witness to the “dynamite stick of injustice,” one that balances fear and hope, misfortune and renewal, calamity and natural beauty. Sotto Voce carries the complexity and seriousness of its themes lightly–it’s important to know when to speak loudly, and when to whisper.

AUTHOR

Maureen Hynes

Maureen Hynes is a Toronto poet whose poetry collection, Rough Skin, won the League of Canadian Poets Gerald Lampert prize for best first book of poetry in 1995. Books in Canada said of her poetic skill in Rough Skin, ?Her range of subject matters and styles is remarkable, her selection of details, impeccable.? The Canadian Book Review Annual said, ?A book this good makes you wonder what will come next. The promise of Rough Skin is fulfilled in Harms Way.?


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“…Sotto Voce is the sound of one of Canada’s most accomplished poets writing at the height of her powers.” –Jim Johnstone

“Whether speaking about nature, or politics, or love, Maureen Hynes does so with candor and compassion. These poems are generous and assured, and the world they circumscribe is the urgent, beautiful, dangerous place where we all live. Read Sotto Voce. Maureen Hynes is a poet at the top of her game.” –Helen Humphreys


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Poems that give full attention to a world in shambles, a world in which “mercy is failing.”

Maureen Hynes, in her fifth book of poetry, speaks tenderly yet vehemently about the threatened worlds that concern her. From Toronto, where she lives and walks the city’s afflicted watershed, she turns her attention to the near and far, shifting it from the First Nations’ stolen lands to Syria and the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean; from the deaths of family and friends to the newborns into whose care our endangered planet will pass; and from love’s transient regrets to the sustaining love two women share. Hynes’ is a gaze that grieves quietly, delights humbly, and, in the search for solace, never rests. Each poem in Sotto Voce is a recitative of healing. Hear the music in every word and, despite the damaged environments Hynes gives voice to, be restored.

This is a book that bears witness to the “dynamite stick of injustice,” one that balances fear and hope, misfortune and renewal, calamity and natural beauty. Sotto Voce carries the complexity and seriousness of its themes lightly–it’s important to know when to speak loudly, and when to whisper.

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Dimensions:

104 Pages
8.75in * 6in * 0.32in
0.2lb

Published:

September 15, 2019

Country of Publication:

CA

Publisher:

Brick Books

ISBN:

9781771315128

Book Subjects:

POETRY / LGBTQ+

Language:

eng

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