By Christine McNair
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2013 ARCHIBALD LAMPMAN AWARD
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2013 RELIT AWARD
Conflict interweaves ghosts, undesirable conversation, the uncanny and the archival, to create a suite of poems that holiday down remembrance into deserted historical markers, jet gas, keening, or enamel. What you're given (this is a present) is an insistent refusal to silence or shift. In trade, the reader needs to face the impossibility of erasure, a gritty resistance to mourn a struggle. Conflict is a set of crimson balloons that intersplices and interweaves via a variety of sorts of clash that take place in language, movement, structure, feelings; among members, platforms, and mechanical silences.
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