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The Heart Is Improvisational: An Anthology in Poetic Form
Guernica Editions, Fall 2017
116 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771831864
ISBN10: 1771831863
English
$25.00 Canada, $25.00 US

Poets attribute an array of roles and capacities to the involuntary muscle and catalyst of our storied lives. The heart becomes a repository of erotic and familial love and a sanctuary for memory. In this collection, poets explore the flux of the heart's responses and instigations: the heart's tender overtures, its joyous pulse, its mating call for the other, its changeable temperament, its final tick in freeze-frame. Among the poets featured: Kenneth Sherman, Lorna Crozier, Marilyn Bowering, Roo Borson, Patrick Lane, Charles Bukowski, Rita Dove, Eugénio de Andrade, John Barton, Robyn Sarah, and Mary di Michele.
Painting in the flash and flare of red, the poets explore the flux of the heart's responses and instigations: the heart's tender overtures, its joyous pulse, its mating call for the other, its changeable temperament, its final tick in freeze-frame. And through the metaphors: clenches of the fist, blood river, tear of the scar, shovel that hits and buries the earth, species of birds, the poets evoke the charged catalyst of our storied lives.

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