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Wolf Tree

by Alison Calder

Wolf Tree

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A first collection of sharp, clever, wicked poems that range from images of circus freaks and two-headed calves to snow geese and wind in the pines.

A first collection of sharp, clever, wicked poems that range from images of circus freaks and two-headed calves to snow geese and wind in the pines. A wolf tree is a tree in a bush or a thicket which is different in shape from those around it; a tree whose broader trunk and spreading branches indicate that it once grew alone but is now surrounded. Alison Calder's poems shine the light of a poet's curiosity on all manner of "natural occurrences," which nevertheless stand out.

The book opens with an examination of the extreme forms this nature may take - from the Dutch legend of the false child Sooterkin, to two-headed calves, Zip the Pinhead, and other medical curiosities, particularly those captured by 19th century photographic techniques. The disquieting feelings created by these subjects persist, causing the reader to proceed watchfully, even when the poet's attention switches to more common themes and images - plastic clotheslines, wildflowers of western Canada, snow geese, the Porta Nigra in Trier, Germany.

A selection of poems from this manuscript received the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award for writing excellence by a writer under the age of 35. A section of this manuscript, Sexing the Prairie, was published in the journal Open Letter in Fall 2006.

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ISBN
9781550503593
Size
5.5" x 8.5" 96 pages
Ages:
Adult
Price
14.95 CDN; 12.95 USD
E-Book Price
CDN; USD
Categories
Poetry Poetry Tradepaper Adult
Author
Alison Calder

About the Author

Alison Calder's first poetry collection, Wolf Tree, was published by Coteau Books in 2007. A selection of poems from this manuscript received the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award for writing excellence by a writer under the age of 35.

Her poetry has been published in journals and anthologies, most notably Breathing Fire: Canada's New Poets and Exposed, and has twice circulated on Winnipeg city buses.

She is the editor of Desire Never Leaves: The Poetry of Tim Lilburn (Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2007) and a critical edition of Frederick Philip Grove's 1924 novel Settlers of the Marsh (Borealis, 2006), and the co-editor of History, Literature, and the Writing of the Canadian Prairies (University of Manitoba Press, 2005).

Alison Calder was born in London, England, and raised in Saskatoon. She obtained her BA in English at the University of Saskatchewan before completing Masters and PhD programs at the University of Western Ontario. She teaches Canadian literature and creative writing at the University of Manitoba.

She lives in Winnipeg with her husband, Warren Cariou.

From the author: One of the things that I'm very interested in is the process of definition - who's in, who's out, what terms are being used to describe a situation. Some of my poems, like the "freak" ones, deal with these issues in explicit terms. Other poems, more domestic ones, may deal with this question more obliquely. In a related way, I'm fascinated by the way that language carries political power, disenfranchising some voices while coercing support of others. Many of my poems treat these issues, either between people or between humans and the worlds (natural and created) around us.

Awards

Manitoba Book Awards, Prize for Poetry – Winner

Manitoba Book Awards, Best First Book – Winner

Pat Lowther Award – Finalist

Gerald Lampert Award – Finalist

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