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Running in Darkness

by Robert Currie

Running in Darkness
Evocative, sentimental poetry celebrating life and family from Saskatchewan's poet laureate.

A subtly powerful collection of poetry which celebrates the shape and details of a full life - from youth through middle age to old age - and begins to face the prospect of its loss.

With the sure hand of a veteran poet, Robert Currie has created a book of commemoration, of reading into the permanent record, his life, its events, and the beloved people in it - parents, partners and children, writers, teachers, and students.

His sweep is all encompassing, from his own imagined conception to - vicariously through his parents demise - his own imagined end. The poems are full of fondness, humour and no little irony, as he looks back at his younger self and the sometimes, but not always, painful loss of innocence.

The final section of Running in Darkness deals with the loss of parents, and the illnesses and untimely deaths of friends. This life, so full of emotion and event, is drawing near its close.

Technique is not the subject here, is not the point. It stands quietly in service of the story being told. Each poem is a small step through this life, but the steps keep coming, they pick up speed, and you suddenly realize they are walking on your heart. And, after the bursts of laughter, bursts of tears, bursts of love, and bursts of years, Robert Currie delivers us a warning with his own startled realization: It goes so fast.


5" x 8" 136 pages
14.95 CDN; 12.95 USD
E-Book Price
Poetry Tradepaper Adult
Robert Currie

About the Author

Robert Currie is a poet and fiction author who lives in Moose Jaw. His previous poetry collections include Diving Into Fire, Yarrow, Learning on the Job, Klondike Fever, and four poetry chapbooks. His published fiction includes the novel Teaching Mr. Cutler, and the short story collections Night Games and Things You Don\'t Forget. His stories and poems have appeared in over 40 magazines and anthologies, and he has served as either editor or co-editor for nine books. He also taught creative writing for four summers at the Saskatchewan School of the Arts at Fort San, Saskatchewan. Robert Currie was born in Lloydminster, but spent the first seven years of his life in the small Saskatchewan towns of Furness and Hendon before moving to Saskatoon and then, two years later, to Moose Jaw. He attended the University of Saskatchewan, earning degrees in pharmacy, education and English as well as an honours English diploma. He taught at Central Collegiate in Moose Jaw for 30 years before retiring in 1996 to pursue his writing career full time. In 1991, he was named one of the city's two poet laureates. Robert Currie is Saskatchewan's Poet Laureate for 2007-2008.


Finalist, Acorn-Plantos Award
Finalist, Award for Publishing, Saskatchewan Book Awards

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