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April 1, 2009 | Trade paperback
ISBN: 9780887848230
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Karen Solie launched to prominence with her first collection of poems, Short Haul Engine (2001), finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize and winner of many other awards and citations. She continued her upward trajectory with Modern and Normal (2005), and is now considered one of Canada's best poets.

Pigeon is yet another leap forward for this singer of existential bewilderment. These poems are X-rays of our delusions and mistaken perceptions, explorations of violence, bad luck, fate, creeping catastrophe, love, and the eros of danger. Once again, Solie shows that her ear is impeccable, her poetic intelligence rare and razor-sharp.

About this Author

KAREN SOLIE is the author of four previous collections of poetry. Short Haul Engine won the BC Book Prize Dorothy Livesay Award and was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize. Modern and Normal was shortlisted for the Trillium Poetry Prize. Pigeon won the Pat Lowther Award, the Trillium Poetry Prize, and the Griffin Prize. The Road In Is Not The Same Road Out was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award. A volume of selected poems, The Living Option, published in the U.K., is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. An associate director for the Banff Centre's Writing Studio program, she edits and teaches and has served as writer-in-residence for universities across Canada and in Scotland. She lives in Toronto.

ISBN: 9780887848230
Format: Trade paperback
Pages: 112
Publisher: House of Anansi Press Inc
Published: 2009-04-01


As much as Pigeon sings with metaphor and language-love, it is also infused with a subtle formality that feels like listening to the echoing footsteps of someone walking by deep in thought...In wilderness, perhaps self-discovery, but also distance and solitude exist. Solie provides all three.

Karen Solie has established herself as one of Canada's best lyric poets...Pigeon deals out fearlessness, humour, and raw experience, one killing line after another...Among the arts, poetry has the most human of values, and among poets, few are as deeply human as Solie. Her poems respond to the many ways a day can come to us, while seeming to discover and name new constants of the heart.

Lyrical but gritty, intellectual but tough-talking, colloquial yet she delves deeper into the social and geological bedrock of our civilization. This is [Solie's] strongest book yet. - Quill & Quire

Pigeon...shows why [Solie] has become one of the most admired Canadian poets of her generation.

Solie has found a technique that others could only envy.

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