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Your Last Day on Earth

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  • Publisher:
    Brick Books, 2003
    Note: This book was purchased with support from the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component.


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    Longlisted for the 2004 ReLit Awards

    Carla Hartsfield sings praises to the unusual: a rose blooming in December; an angel dancing on a cardiologist’s scanner; Glenn Gould playing Brahms at Angelo’s Garage. But these are common occurrences in Your Last Day on Earth, the everyday world and the metaphysical realm sharing the same ecstatic poem. Hartsfield transforms the contents of her psyche into music that we can all hear, the kind that replays for days in the dark, dreamy parts of our selves.

    She was here inside the purple-eyed daisies
    and honeysuckle lining the fence —

    arriving seconds after visiting the moon,
    her starched, white dress

    cascading from frothy clouds —
    but even more white like the light

    that is said to emanate from reverence.

    from “Nightshine”

    “Carla Hartsfield is, like a figure in one of these vivid poems, ‘a charming pyromaniac.’ Under her magnifying glass, the world bristles into smoke: the ‘starched hexagons’ of Queen Anne’s Lace ‘quiver with cocaine bloom’ and water drops become ‘diamonds’ on the speaker’s skin when she plays Bach naked after a shower. Sometimes these fires liberate, sometimes they celebrate, sometimes they memorialize, and always they transform.” – Stephanie Bolster

    Subject(s): Canadian poetry
    Original Publisher: London, Brick Books
    Language(s): English
    Collection(s)/Series: Brick Books Poetry