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Running in Darkness [Paperback]

Robert Currie

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Book Description

June 1 2009

A subtly powerful collection of poetry which celebrates the shape and details of a full life - from youth through middle age to old age - and begins to face the prospect of its loss.

With the sure hand of a veteran poet, Robert Currie has created a book of commemoration, of reading into the permanent record, his life, its events, and the beloved people in it - parents, partners and children, writers, teachers, and students. And the people who have begun to leave it.

His sweep is all encompassing, from his own imagined conception to - vicariously through his parents demise - his own imagined end. The poems are full of fondness, humour and no little irony, as he looks back at his younger self, and the sometimes, but not always, painful loss of innocence.

The final section, deals with the loss of his parents, and the illnesses and untimely death of friends. This life, so full of emotion and event, is drawing near its close.

Technique is not the subject here, is not the point. It stands quietly in service of the story being told. Each poem is a small step through this life, but they keep coming, they pick up speed, and you suddenly realize they are walking on your heart. And after the bursts of laughter, bursts of tears, bursts of love, and bursts of years, Robert Currie delivers us a warning with his own startled realization - It goes so fast.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Coteau Books; 1 edition (June 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550503510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550503517
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.6 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,019,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Currie is a poet and fiction author who lives in Moose Jaw. His previous poetry collections include Diving Into Fire, Yarrow, Learning on the Job, Klondike Fever, and four poetry chapbooks. His published fiction includes the novel Teaching Mr. Cutler, and the short story collections Night Games and Things You Don't Forget.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Running In Darkness" is a collection of Canadian poet Robert Curries latest work May 11 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Enthusiastically recommended reading for anyone who appreciates the breadth and depth of contemporary poetry, "Running In Darkness" is a collection of Canadian poet Robert Curries latest work. Deftly crafted free verse expressions embedded with imagination, imagery, cadence, irony, perception, humor, genuine affection and occasional loss. 'The Most Creative Act': He thinks of counterpoint the/cadence of a catalectic line that breaks/another curving back upon itself the flow/into cesura's calm texture/of vowels and consonants expectations dashed the stretch of/tension aesthetic distance.//He sets himself the task: write the poems and never/mention her smile.

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