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ISBN 13: 978-1-55017-468-7
ISBN 10: 1-55017-468-1
6 x 9 - 96 pp
May 2009
CAD$18.95 • USD$18.95

The Fly in Autumn

Short-listed: Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (BC Book Prize) (2010)
Short-listed: Acorn-Plantos Award for People's Poetry (2010)
Winner: Governor General's Award for Poetry (2009)

Book Description

Selected for Poetry in Transit 2009

The Fly in Autumn is a nuanced work with an absurdist twist in which recognizable landscapes—of North Vancouver quays and piers and harbour fog—are sometimes irrevocably altered by "water-light" into places of the mind alive with "the hundred thousand thoughts everyone collects in a day." Risking unease, using language both tender and ironic, Zieroth's poems range from the cockiness of flight, from Dick and Jane readers to insurance clerks and blind nurses, and to the inevitability of decline. Still, the poet remains alert to the re-emergence of "his boyhood hope: to be brave, to ship out, to learn to sleep on waves."