With the onslaught of new writers appearing almost constantly,
it becomes harder to search out the cream from the dross.
Evergreen: Six New Poets highlights half a dozen young poets from
across of the country who have already started to make noise, much
the way Al Purdy did in his Storm Warning anthologies of the 1970s.
Each poet is given a generous section to allow a strong sense of
each writer to come through.
Ottawa-based but variously everywhere, former army brat Laurie
Fuhr is the baby of the group, feeling her way through the
emotionally charged lyric. Jon Paul Fiorentino, originally from
Winnipeg and now in Montreal, and Calgary's Ryan Fitzpatrick have
much in common -- both working different sides of the Canadian
Prairie long poem, entering as myth making; each from their
individual origins in working-class suburbs. Meghan Lynch, from
Hamilton, Ontario, writes in short, serial bursts that break
through everything else, and hang beautifully, the sheer essence of
the poem lingering like the smile of a Cheshire cat. Andy Weaver,
currently in Edmonton but also variously-based, works through a
clarity that could cut glass, carving lines of hope and
hopelessness that any bird would trust to land upon. And finally,
Montreal-based Susan Elmslie's poems are slow and contemplative,
filled with beauty and searches for understanding, sometimes where
there is none, but provide a sense of secure wisdom, even through
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