Thursday, September 15, 2011
Carapace by Laura Lush
The poems in Carapace explore the tensions between life and death as they battle for equal play in the natural world. As in her last two collections of poetry — The First Day of Winter and Fault Line — Lush returns to the themes of loss, death, birth, and rebirth, but with a more unforgiving eye and savage vision, exploring the dualities and ironies of experiencing these states simultaneously. At times, these poems are told through the eyes of a new mother as she attempts to balance the complex and often-times conflicting emotions that accompany motherhood: joy, anger, uncertainty, awe and fear. At other times, they are told through the eyes of a bereft narrator as she comes to grip with death and loss. Driving these poems is an often random and unexplained energy that arises from nature, the life force that underpins the natural world as it gives way to both regeneration and degeneration, and the surrendering to these forces as the narrator tries to arrive at some sort of understanding. The results are short lyric-narratives written in a highly imagistic mode.
ABOUT LAURA LUSH:
Laura Lush has an Honours B.A. in English and Creative Writing from York University and an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from The University of Calgary. She has also done several writing workshops at the Banff Centre for Fine Arts, where she was awarded the Bliss Carman Award for poetry. Currently, she is working on her M.Ed. in Teacher Training and Curriculum Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She teaches academic English and creative writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. She has also taught numerous creative writing workshops in Toronto and was one of the creative writing mentors for the University of Guelph’s inaugural Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in 2007. Her books include Hometown (Signal Editions, 1991), which was nominated for the 1992 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry, Fault Line (Signal Editions, 1997), The First Day of Winter (Ronsdale Press, 2002), in which selections of this book tied for second place in the 2002 CBC Literary Contest, and a collection of short stories, Going to the Zoo (Turnstone Press, 2002). Her poems have also been widely anthologized in Canada, the United States, and Ireland.