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By (author): Len Gasparini
Len Gasparini


Guernica Editions - Hamilton



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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Oct 01, 2020
$20.00 CAD


9in x 6 x 0.25 in | 1 gr

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70 pages
Guernica Editions
POETRY / Canadian / General

Götterdämmerung is Len Gasparini's fifteenth book of poetry since the early 1970s. What distinguishes this collection from his earlier work is the long title poem: a tour de force that covers new ground in the genre of ecopoetics by launching an acerbic yet lyrical assault on the Anthropocene. Other poems explore such diverse themes as memory, art, and botany. Also included are three literary essays that evince the importance of language and imagination.

Len Gasparini is the award winning author of numerous books of poetry, five short-story collections, two children’s books, a work of non-fiction, and a one-act play.

Len Gasparini’s poems are sung with passion in a rich, original language. These poems are not pieced dryly together out of what Blake called a ‘mechanical talent’ for language, they arise unbidden and necessary.

- The Toronto Star

A reading of The Social Life of String will demonstrate what attending to life looks like as Gasparini turns the world into poetry.

- The Pacific Rim Review of Books

Götterdämmerung joins a recent body of environmental poetry?—?see work by Juliana Spahr and Jorie Graham, among others?—?that recognizes the irremediably damaged state of our environment and eschews grand visions of an unblemished nature beyond civilization’s reach. It tests the powers of a nature poetry that has abandoned hope for ecological restoration. The poem’s kaleidoscopic structure reflects the disorder and disharmony it depicts. An Eliotic shoring of fragments against ruins?—?rather than any kind of wholesale renewal of the earth?—?seems all that is possible amid the destruction.

- Literary Review of Canada

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