Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway by Alexandra Oliver

By Alexandra Oliver

A CANADIAN POETRY booklet OF THE 12 months, THE nationwide POST
WINNER OF THE PAT LOWTHER MEMORIAL AWARD


“Alexandra Oliver has many arrows in her quiver—all of them sharpened to a superb aspect. this is often a good and unique collection.”—TIMOTHY STEELE

In Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway, Alexandra Oliver zooms in at the inertias, anxieties, comedies, cruelties, and epiphanies of family life:

They all had names like Jennifer or Lynne
or Katherine; all of them had bone-blonde hair,
that rainy, flat minimize with bangs. They pulled your chair
from beneath you, shoved their small fists in
your face. Too quickly, you knew it can begin,
those minkish enamel like shrapnel within the air,
the Bacchic name callings, the Herculean dare,
their football cleats opposed to your porcine shin,
that chortle, which seemed like 100 birds
escaping from a gunshot during the reeds—
and now you need to face all of it again:
the pleased freckled faces misplaced for words
in supermarkets, as these crimson arms squeeze
your personal. It’s been so long! they are saying. Amen.

Oliver’s poems, which she describes as “text-based domestic movies,” unveil a cinematic imaginative and prescient of suburbia right away comical and poignant: framed to resume our interest within the mundane and urgent rhyme and metre to their utmost, Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway is a five-star functionality from Canada’s new formalist sensation.

“Alexandra Oliver is in complete command of a saber wit and impeccable ear. fortunate the reader alongside for the ride.”—JEANNE MARIE BEAUMONT

“Brilliantly modern poems in conventional types, the paintings of a gorgeous new voice.”—CHARLES MARTIN

Alexandra Oliver used to be born in Vancouver, Canada and divides her time among Toronto and Glasgow, Scotland.  Her most up-to-date publication is Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway (Biblioasis). She presently teaches within the Stonecoast MFA application on the college of Southern Maine.

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