Small Beneath the Sky
A Prairie Memoir
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"Small Beneath the Sky is one of the most honest books I ever read. How rare such honesty is, and how hard-won, and radical, and beautiful!" -- Ursula K. Le Guin
"Like her wonderful poetry, Crozier's prose illuminates our world. She is a writer of the first rank." -- David Adams Richards, author of The Lost Highway
"This intimate and moving memoir is filled with a kind of clear prairie light, and reveals all that dwells in the shadows as well as everything that shines." -- Jane Urquhart, author of A Map of Glass
"With her poet's eye, Crozier lays out the taste and smell and feel of her childhood Her memoir is a tender reflection of her youth, and we are left with prairie visions dancing in our heads." -- Chronicle Herald
"Her poetic gift gives her prose a wonderful edge and clarity." -- Winnipeg Free Press
Winner of the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, Small Beneath the Sky, is a volume of poignant recollections by one of Canada's most celebrated poets. A tender, unsparing portrait of a family and a place.
Lorna Crozier vividly depicts her hometown of Swift Current, with its one main street, two high schools, and three beer parlors -- where her father spent most of his evenings. She writes unflinchingly about the grief and shame caused by poverty and alcoholism. At the heart of the book is Crozier's fierce love for her mother, Peggy. The narratives of daily life -- sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking -- are interspersed with prose poems. Lorna Crozier approaches the past with a tactile sense of discovery, tracing her beginnings with a poet's precision and an open heart.
- Greystone Books Ltd., September 2009
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