The Door

The Door

Book - 2007
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The Door is Margaret Atwood's lyrical book of poetry that followed the the award-winning Morning in the Burned House (1995). Its fifty lucid yet urgent poems range in tone from lyric to ironic to meditative to prophetic, and in subject from the personal to the political, viewed in its broadest sense. They investigate the mysterious writing of poetry itself, as well as the passage of time and our shared sense of mortality. The collection begins with poems that consider the past and ends with harbingers of things to come.

Brave and compassionate, The Door interrogates the certainties that we build our lives on.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2007
ISBN: 9780771008474
0771008473
Branch Call Number: 819.154 Atwoo 3564
Characteristics: 120 p

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Feb 18, 2011

the god of poets has two hands: / the dextrous, the sinister.

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andreareads
Jan 17, 2011

Why is it you reject them, / them and their tangled harmonies / and raffish madrigals? / Because they thwart your will.

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Jan 17, 2011

The messages of angels / are seldom lucky.

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Jan 17, 2011

Our song is a night song. / Few are awake.

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Jan 17, 2011

When you stand on bare earth in your bare feet / and the lightning whips through you, two ways / at once, they say you are grounded, / and that's what poetry is: a hot wire. / You might as well stick a fork / in a wall socket. So don't think it's just about flowers. / Though it is, in a way.

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Jun 29, 2009

This is the 59th of a series of titles selected by writer Yann Martel to provide to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to encourage an appreciation of the arts and literature in particular in the PM, and to also help him with his stillness and thoughtfulness. Martel has regularly sent books from a wide range of literary traditions to Harper, although this is one of the few poetry selections. Martel has devoted a Web site to the reading list and his kind and considered covering letters with each volume.

Martel has only recently started receiving acknowledgements from Harper's staff. A link to a Globe and Mail article about the responses is also added to this reading list. However, as Martel remarks in the covering letter to a previous submission: "I get the sense that L.A. Lavell, another of your executive correspondence officers, didn’t spend much time on the book. Will you ever write to me?"

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