The Caiplie Caves: Poems

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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6.2 X 8.3 X 0.6 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Karen Solie was born in Moose Jaw and grew up in southwest Saskatchewan, Canada. She is the author of poetry collections including Short Haul Engine, Pigeon, and The Living Option. Her work has won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, the Pat Lowther Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Latner Poetry Prize, and the Canada Council for the Arts Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award. Solie has taught in writing programs and at universities across Canada and in the United Kingdom. An associate director for the Banff Centre's Writing Studio program, she lives in Toronto.


"Karen Solie is the freshest poetic voice I've encountered in a long while . . . In a literary culture where complication is considered complicit, it's good to have a poet who delights in taxing the intelligence. Solie operates on a wavelength different from that of any poet I've read." --William Logan, The New Criterion

"Griffin Poetry Prize winner Karen Solie is a genius for poetic explorations of the sprawling network that is modernity. The poems in this collection sacrifice no lyric in their pursuit of critique, and she freely quotes from Wittgenstein and Benjamin when looking at excruciating beauty and horror alike." --Todd Van Luling, Chicago Review of Books

"Karen Solie's TS Eliot prize-shortlisted The Caiplie Caves is one of the more unusual poetry collections of recent years. It is many things at once: a vision of insular Celtic Christianity in its early medieval heyday; a juxtaposition of this with a more elliptic modern narrative; and a meditation on literary form, and how the modernist long poem might look through a contemporary lens . . . [T]his is a wilfully strange and unforgettable performance." --Aingeal Clare, The Guardian

"The competing instincts, in terrible times, of retreating from the world, or entering it ever more deeply, animate Karen Solie's exquisite fifth collection." --John Freeman, Lit Hub