Morning in the Burned House

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Generous, compassionate, disturbing, this is poetry that emanates from the heart of human experience and seeks balance between the luminous realm of memory and the realities of everyday, between darkness and light, the capacity to perpetrate and the strength to forgive. Some poems draw on history, and on myth, both classical and popular. Other, more personal poems concern themselves with love, with the fragility of the natural world, and with death--especially in the elegiac series of meditations on the death of a parent--as they inhabit a contemporary landscape haunted by images of the past.

Morning in the Burned House is infused with breathtaking insight, technical virtuosity, and a clarity of vision that has the force to change the way we look at our lives.

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THE MOMENT

The moment when, after many years
of hard work and a long voyage
you stand in the centre of your room,
house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,
knowing at last how you got there,
and say, I own this,

is the same moment the trees unloose
their soft arms from...
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PRAISE FOR

“Margaret Atwood brings all the violence of mythology into the present world…. She is the quiet Mata Hari, the mysterious, violent figure...who pits herself against the ordered, too-clean world like an arsonist.” Michael Ondaatje,The Canadian Forum

“Atwood’s poems are short, glistening with terse, bright images, untentative, closing like a vise.… A plain, explicit poetry, perfectly sure of itself.” The New York Times