What We Carry

What We Carry is a profound exploration of the weight of human history at three levels: the individual, the cultural, and environmental. From her brilliant “Extinction Sonnets”—odes to various disappearing species—to a spirited examination of everyday salutations, Susan Glickman’s range astonishes: ice storms, sugar maples, early love on the Orient Express, an archaeological dig at Mycenae. Serious but not solemn, full of linguistic and imagistic playfulness, the collection is anchored by poetic translations of Chopin’s 24 Preludes, opus 28—his most experimental and characteristic compositions. The intimacy of Chopin’s project has inspired sound-rich poems that, once again, prove Glickman’s gift for capturing the frailty of human connections in a damaged world. “First light and the last, / first love and the last.”

Contributors

Susan Glickman

Susan Glickman is the author of six volumes of poetry, most recently The Smooth Yarrow (2012), three novels for adults, most recently Safe as Houses ( 2015), the "Lunch Bunch" trilogy of children's books. She works as a freelance editor and teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University.
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Sunrise with Sea Monsters – Ice Storm – Db Major (Laurentian Suite) – At Drake Bay – Attar of Roses – Bb Minor (Bad Voices) – C Major (The Orient Express) … 19 $1.90

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The Monteverde Toad – The Baiji Dolphin – The Black-Faced Honeycreeper – The River Otter – The Pyrenean Ibex 5 $0.50

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First Silver, Then Invisible – Small – A Minor (Gawker Bird) – May Day – F Minor (Clairefontaine) – Angels – C# Minor (Yoga) – The Saint of Unheard … 13 $1.30

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How’s It Going? – Long Time No See! – Happy Holidays! – Good Morning! – What’s Up? 5 $0.50

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November Analogues – F# Major (Firelight Spirea) – Earth – C Minor (Rogue Cell) – But Still – G Minor (The Current) – A Major (Halley’s Comet) – … 16 $1.60