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Lorna Crozier

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Lorna Crozier was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada on May 24, 1948. She received a BA from the University of Saskatchewan in 1969 and a MA from the University of Alberta in 1980. She taught high school English and worked as a guidance counselor for numerous years. Her first collection of visa mer poetry, Inside in the Sky, was published in 1976. Her other collections of poetry include The Garden Going on Without Us, Angels of Flesh, Angels of Silence, Everything Arrives at the Light, Apocrypha of Light, What the Living Won't Let Go, and Whetstone. In 1992, she won the Governor General's Award, the Canadian Authors Association Award, and the Pat Lowther Poetry Award for Inventing the Hawk. She has also edited two non-fiction collections: Desire in Seven Voices and Addiction: Notes from the Belly of the Beast. Together with her husband and fellow poet Patrick Lane, she edited the collection Breathing Fire: Canada's New Poets and Breathing Fire 2. She teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Victoria. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

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Verk av Lorna Crozier

Addicted: Notes from the Belly of the Beast (2001) — Redaktör — 47 exemplar
Inventing the Hawk (1992) 37 exemplar
The Garden Going on Without Us (1985) 33 exemplar
Desire in Seven Voices (1999) 23 exemplar
What the Living Won't Let Go (1999) 21 exemplar
Small Mechanics (2011) 20 exemplar
The Wrong Cat (2015) 19 exemplar
The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010 (2010) — Redaktör — 16 exemplar
Apocrypha of Light (2002) 15 exemplar
Whetstone (2005) 13 exemplar
Breathing Fire: Canada's New Poets (1995) — Redaktör — 10 exemplar
God of Shadows (2018) 8 exemplar
Lots of Kisses (2014) 7 exemplar
More Than Balloons (2017) 7 exemplar
So Many Babies (2015) 5 exemplar
The weather (1983) 4 exemplar
After That: Poems (2023) 4 exemplar
A Sudden Radiance (1987) 3 exemplar
The House the Spirit Builds (2020) 3 exemplar
Humans and Other Beasts (1980) 1 exemplar

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Face to Face: Women Writers on Faith, Mysticism, and Awakening (2004) — Bidragsgivare — 34 exemplar


Allmänna fakta

Vedertaget namn
Crozier, Lorna
Andra namn
Uher, Lorna
Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Saanichton, British Columbia
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
University of Saskatchewan (B.A., 1969)
University of Alberta (M.A., 1980)
Lane, Patrick (partner)
Kort biografi
Born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Lorna Crozier has published poems in numerous magazines and anthologies and seven books. She's taught at various summer schools, including the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts and the Banff School of Fine Arts; and has also been writer-in-residence at several institutions, most recently the University of Toronto. She currently teaches in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of Victoria.



Pretty gritty stuff. Good for the grieving but not a cheery read...
Dabble58 | 1 annan recension | Nov 11, 2023 |
"... Keep remembering," she said. "You don't get another chance."

The last chapter was absolutely brilliant, and among tender recollections are instances of the first cause, many, and these all are an act of the highest poetic sight.

My first read of Crozier's. Won't be my last.
biblioclair | 6 andra recensioner | Jun 20, 2023 |
I've heard Lorna Crozier interviewed a number of times but I don't recall hearing that she grew up in Saskatchewan in the city of Swift Current. I mainly know Swift Current as a place to get fuel and coffee while heading towards the foothills and mountains of Alberta. I also know it as a place where scientists develop new varieties of wheat at the Swift Current Research and Development Centre. However, that latter piece of information is not mentioned in this book so I guess it's not really relevant. Suffice it to say that I now know quite a bit more about this prairie city since reading this book.

Crozier is a well-known poet and her poetic phrasings are sprinkled throughout this book. Her descriptions of the prairie light and the skies made me long to get out into the country. The cover of this book is perfect at capturing the feeling one gets when you stand on the prairie.

Despite these moments of poetic bliss Crozier also unflinchingly tells us what it was like to be poor and have an alcoholic father. Both her parents grew up on farms, quite close to each other, but they ended up living in rented houses and barely managing to make ends meet. As the saying goes, you can take the boy out of the farm but you can't take the farm out of the boy. Crozier thinks it was the disappointment of not inheriting the farm that turned him to drink. Despite their hard-scrabble existence both Lorna and her older brother turned out well. That is probably due to their mother's influence and both children retained strong relationships with her.

I think Ursula K. Le Guin who is quoted on the front cover sums up this book well:
"How rare such honesty is, and how hard-won, and radical, and beautiful."
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gypsysmom | 6 andra recensioner | Sep 7, 2021 |
I've only just discovered a few of Crozier's poetry books in the past few months, so I'm not sure why I decided to read her memoir. Honestly, I think it's at least in part because of the cover, which is gorgeous.

Her memoir is not like a typical memoir. Through out the book, in little collections of 2 or 3, she includes mini chapters that aren't always memories (at least, not the historic kind you generally find in memoirs). Prose, I suppose, on grass and insects and such. It's a lovely and unexpected addition to her family's history.

Crozier is honest about her life and her family, even sharing some of the more painful things she endured. She writes as if she was telling a friend anecdotes about her childhood and her family. It makes for an easy and interesting read that feels more like a story than a autobiography.

Even if you aren't a fan of her poetry, you may find this interesting as it offers insight into the lives of people living in the prairies in the 1900's (she was born mid-century, but she talks about the trials her parents' families faced) and the lives of people who struggled with being poor.
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obtusata | 6 andra recensioner | Jan 9, 2020 |



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