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One-Way Ticket

by Robert Currie

One-Way Ticket

"the boy who must've been me, and what relation is he to the man leaning over the water a moment, then slowly turning to shuffle along the paved walk by this same river, the man shuffling because his left knee is stitched with pain when he hurries, the man having forgotten till now that boy desperate to save all the fish which the man knows were nothing but suckers."

What begins as a look back at a different time in history quickly takes a dark turn in Bob Currie's latest collection. Embodying a variety of characters, often in different voices – both those of well-known classic poets as well as the voices of Saskatchewan poets past and present – Currie ponders the collective human experience. With razor-sharp precision and telltale imagery, these poems explore domestic and public life: bad marriages, infidelity, poverty, gun violence, and in a final section, death – and how these experiences change (or don't) between one generation and the next.

Currie expertly combines seemingly innocuous poems – catching fish, discovering false breasts in a dresser – with more sinister and somber poems – murder, hiding from a gunman outside of a grocery store, bearing witness to the death of loved ones – with poignant candor.


5.5" x 8.5" 160 pages
17.95 CDN; 17.95 USD
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Poetry Tradepaper Adult
Robert Currie
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About the Author

Robert Currie is a poet and fiction writer who lives in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, where he taught for thirty years at Central Collegiate. His books have been finalists for the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the Acorn-Plantos People's Poetry Award, the Poetry, Fiction, and Book of the Year Awards at the Saskatchewan Book Awards, and the High Plains Book Award for Poetry. A group of his poems was a winner in the 1980 CBC Literary Competition.

A founding board member of the Saskatchewan Festival of Words and a former chair of the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, Currie once edited and published Salt, a magazine of contemporary writing. He also taught creative writing at the Saskatchewan School of the Arts and the Sage Hill Writing Experience in Lumsden and served two terms as Saskatchewan Poet Laureate. Currie is a recipient of the Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.



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