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The Days Run Away

by Robert Currie

The Days Run Away

A series of narrative poems in which Currie examines the moments that make up every ordinary, extraordinary life.

The spotlight is turned on the single events, the chance interactions, the moments that, in their ordinariness, are turning points masquerading as the everyday.

In this sublime collection, the ‘eternal' boyhood of setting traps, making dens, reading Hardy Boys, spying on girls, worshipping cowboys, and playing hockey with frozen horse dung pucks gives way to sharp lessons about becoming a man – and to even harder ones about the coming of old age and infirmity. The world created in these poems allows us to feel, deeply, the sense of what is lost in adulthood and old age. This is not limited to the concrete – happy marriages, reliable health, friends, family – but tackles also the intense frustration of the loss of words, and of one's voice in the music of life itself.

Sometimes mischievous, always commanding, and often heartbreaking, The Days Run Away is the human condition, handled in the unflinching yet compassionate words of a master poet.



5.5" x 8.5" 120 pages
16.95 CDN; 16.95 USD
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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.


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