The Sentinel

The Sentinel

Poems

Book - 2008
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Mortality, Love, Ethics, Civilization, Divine Presence, Human Body, Modernity, The Natural World, and Constructed Spaces. The Sentinel watches and reports back to us in a voice that is timeless and worthy of trust. Whether describing renewal and regeneration, the despair brought on by global capitalism, or a place where decay and loss meet their antithesis, A. F. Moritz's magisterial voice, rare insight, and supple craft are on impressive display.

Publisher: Toronto, ON : Anansi, 2008.
ISBN: 9780887847905
Branch Call Number: 811.54 M862s
Characteristics: 87 p. : port. ; 22 cm.

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Jun 21, 2009

This attentively crafted collection of poetry straddles a fine line between self-awareness and self-absorption, but more than once tips into navel gazing that excludes or repels rather than welcomes the reader. This recent winner of the Canadian portion of the 2009 Griffin Poetry Prize is forgiven its ponderous lapses, however, when it redeems itself with the wry humour and crisp observations of poems such as "Busman's Honeymoon". Who can't help but feel included in the universal experience of waiting for, being frustratingly passed by and joining in the communal experience of riding a bus?

"it streaks through storm, now flashing Not In Service /
from its radiant forehead, polluted and obscured /
by splattered mud, till it can reach its station /

and help to ease the overflow of us /
waiting in anger. Then we all barge in /
and improbably improve the poetry of the bus."

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