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The Oysters I Bring to Banquets
Guernica Editions, Fall 2022
100 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771837101
ISBN10: 1771837101
$20.00 Canada, $17.95 US, £11.95 UK

Gary Geddes's collection of new lyrics and poem-sequences, The Oysters I Bring to Banquets, ranges from whimsical poems about the building of a greenhouse to Achilles' struggles coping with interfering relatives and his extended family, the gods; from poems about Yukon adventures to the plight and wonder of monarch butterflies in the Mexican highlands.

It's not only a diverse gathering of elegies for friends, literary luminaries and creatures and natural habitats in a world under siege, but also a series of hymns to art, beauty, human dignity and endurance.

Geddes' keen eye for political disasters and inequities, more muted here than in his previous work, still reaches down into the “ragandbone shop,” to human rights abuses in Africa, the refugee crisis, challenges facing women writers in a patriarchal society, and the climate crisis.

Father, I've kept a place for you among the poets. You had an affinity for wood, whether cutting poplars to provide winter fuel or shaping barns and boats. Though you never wrote or recited a line of verse, you understood the tortured syntax of arbutus, the subtle sibilance of cedar.

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The Oysters I Bring to Banquets