The Principle of Rapid Peering

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5.4 X 8.2 X 0.2 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Sylvia Legris was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her collection Garden Physic was chosen as one of the Best Poetry Books of the Year by The (London) Times and CBC/Radio-Canada. Her other poetry collections include The Hideous Hidden, Pneumatic Antiphonal, and Nerve Squall, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Pat Lowther Award. She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Her musical lines, varied as birdsong, don't shy away from alliterations that stick to the roof of the mouth... Beyond the spell-like quality of their sound, they act as standard-bearers for the power of naming.--Elaina Friedman "The Rumpus"
As a poet, Legris is a master of the curving tangent, working her way around a central theme while simply inclining, dropping clippings, allowing the reader to follow, suspended, her careful meanderings, often grounded by a hard-working title or subtle allusion.-- "Los Angeles Review of Books"
For Legris, the sum of life is not necessarily sense, story, or quanta but is also a strange summation of unknowing.-- "Poetry"
This latest collection from the Saskatoon poet Sylvia Legris meets a prairie almanac with the sonic intensity--and density--of Hopkins or Plath. The texture is thick, and the method is botany... The book is a walk through spring grasses, but it's also getting down on your hands and knees to put your nose in it.--Jesse Nathan "The Poet's Nightstand"
There are few poets working this kind of tone and scale, writing a particular intimate depth across both the expanse and distance... Legris' poems offer precisions, although less of the carved diamond than a lyric of fleshy richness and layers, composing a cosmology of ground effect; these are hard-working hands rich with soil.--rob mclennan "periodicities"
For Legris, nature is the all-inclusive subject, its circumference encompassing the flawed temporalities and fabricated vision of consciousness itself. The precision is clotted, scientific, Latinate, lovely... Best when compressed and apparently impersonal, Legris seeks not the detailing of her own particulars--no exigent family members, bad sex, or failed love here--but a comprehensive understanding of how the world assembles itself through the evolved perspectives of biological entities, like the bird who remains planted in place, allowing prey to come to it, or the creature of the title, who peers rapidly on the wing.--David Woo "Lit Hub"