Closer to Where We Began
Closer to Where We Began

Closer to Where We Began

POETRY

80 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: July 2017

ISBN 9781988040189

Rights: WOR

Tightrope Books (Jul 2017)
Tightrope Books, Inc.

Price: $14.95
 
 

Overview

Lisa Richter's Closer to Where We Began is a diverse collection of poetry that follows the speaker on a path of self-discovery. The collection navigates the tension between memory and imagination, between the personal and the political, and the primacy of sensual, sensory, lived experience. These dream-like poems not only concern themselves with the speaker, but with urban and natural environments, friends, family, and lovers, past and present. The poet explores overlapping/intersecting identities that shape and inform us, celebrating the importance of telling our stories as a means of bringing us closer to our authentic selves.

Reviews

"Lisa Richter weaves time and place with grace and expertise throughout the poems in this her first collection, Closer to Where We Began. Sensual, delicate yet biting, these poems sweep forward and back with energy and insight proving 'the heart is a finite muscle of blood and music.' By following the rhythm of each poem's unfolding we are led to a 'deeper quiet.' A rich and resonant book." —Catherine Graham, author, Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects

"The poet admits rebellion . . . She is 'Taking Stock' of ghosts without stories . . . here are allusions to Robertson Davies' Fifth Business and graffiti in Kensington Market; Where the Wild Things Are, poetry homage based on Evelyn Lau, Kate Braid, Theodore Roethke." —Anne Burke, poets.ca

"Richter's first book traces an intimate diaspora . . . in this gently fierce and consistent collection." —Catherine Owen, crowgirl11.wordpress.com

"Richter's Closer To Where We Begin looks at our world through lucid dreams and then she writes it all down . . . these poems lit the place up. Richter has a sharp, laser type tongue, even if it often resides in her cheek." —Michael Dennis, michaeldennispoet.blogspot.ca

Author Biography

Lisa Richter's work has appeared in or is forthcoming in The Puritan, Minola Review, The Malahat Review, Canthius, and lichen, amongst others, and has been longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize. Closer to Where We Began is her first full-length collection of poetry. Lisa lives and teaches English in Toronto.