What My Body Knows

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Coteau Books, 2003 - Poetry - 102 pages
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A collection of delicate, personal poems full of primal and prairie images, sensuous, lyrical, and deeply in love with language, "What My Body Knows carries on where Lynda's first book, a slow dance in the flames left off."

Here are sad, yearning poems to those she has lost - father, mother, brother - and those she keeps, for now - partner with an oh so fragile heart. Her response to this impermanence of the human condition is to find and celebrate the full flame of sensuality and her own deep desire. The fact that she does so in language both dignified and restrained only enhances the power she allows you to sense roiling just below the surface.

Lynda Monahan's poems do not smash into their readers, leaving them shattered or, at the very least, marked. They flow over one like a gentle put persistent stream, leaving a wholeness that is nevertheless changed, polished, refined.

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About the author (2003)

Lynda Monahan has published her poetry in literary periodicals such as GRAIN, Other Voices and Museletters, and had it broadcast on several CBC Radio programmes. She teaches creative writing at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) in Prince Albert. a slow dance in the flames is her first published poetry collection. Lynda Monahan was born in Prince Albert, and has lived there most of her life.

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