Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida

Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida

Book - 2004
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In Roo Borson's new watershed collection, it is as though language were being taught to increase its powers of concentration, to hearken simultaneously to the fully impinged-upon senses, the reflecting mind with its griefs and yearnings, the heart with its burden of live memory. Always "the line bends as the river bends," a quick ever-adjusting music that carries in its current those cherished, perishable, details of eye and ear, mid-life reflections on loss and home, the subtle shifts in season suddenly made strange and re-awakened. Recurrently, probingly, the line returns to the place of poetry in our lives. In the spirit of Basho's famous journey to the far north, Borson's "short journey" reminds us of the role of poetry in shaping and deepening our engagement with the world.
Publisher: Toronto : M&S, 2004.
ISBN: 9780771015915
Branch Call Number: 819.1254 BOR
Characteristics: 90 p. ; 22 cm.


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Dec 16, 2017

I thought these were very prosaic and not moving, interesting, nor enlightening.

Oct 04, 2009

Immersed in natural imagery, Borson's poems are delicate and sensitive in the sense that they are very attuned, but not fragile. At the same time, the collection as a whole is emotionally sound and never obscure.

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