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House of Anansi Press


Written by Michael Lista

Published April 03, 2010 | ISBN 9780887849510
POETRY / Canadian / General

Cover of Bloom

Regular price $22.95 CAD

96 pages | 8.50 in × 5.50 in
Print Format

About this book


Michael Lista

Bloom is the electrifying debut collection from one of our best emerging poets. If a studio technician could "remix" poems by modern and contemporary poets so they retold the story of the Manhattan Project from the viewpoint of Louis Slotin, simultaneously putting Robert Lowell in whispered conversation with Ted Hughes, as vocalized by a Canadian physicist from Winnipeg, over the current state of literary utopian projects, we'd hear something nearly as captivating as Michael Lista's Bloom. As it is, we also get "Lista" swimming ghostlike through this palimpsest-narrative, inhabiting Slotin and brashly "tickling the dragon's tail" at the nucleus of untested notions of creation, stasis, and destruction. In Bloom, one of the most dangerous historical fulcrums of the last century is somehow made viscerally present again, and, more wondrously, made to radiate outward into very current crises.

About the Author

Michael Lista

Michael Lista is the author of Bloom, the critically acclaimed collection of poems that was named one of Quill and Quire's ten best books of 2010. His work has been nominated for the National Magazine Award, and twice for the Pushcart Prize. Lista is the Poetry Editor of The Walrus and he writes a popular monthly column, On Poetry, for the National Post. He lives in Toronto.