Sue Goyette

Sue Goyette has published five previous collections of poetry, The True Names of Birds, Undone, Outskirts, Ocean (winner of the 2015 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award and finalist for the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize) and The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl. She has won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize, the CBC Literary Prize for Poetry, the Earle Birney Prize, the ReLit Award and the Bliss Carman Award. Goyette lives in Halifax where she teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University.

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Sue Goyette

2017 / Canadian Poetry / $19.95
9781554471744 / Trade paper / 96 pp

Penelope waits for Odysseus’s return, so the story goes, but literary tradition tells us little about this act of waiting, an act every bit as epic as her husband’s exploits. In this suite of poems, Sue Goyette steps into the disorienting world of Penelope’s domestic upheaval, a world populated by a swarm of opportunistic suitors, a tempestuous teenage son, a goddess and sundry sentient objects and talking creatures. Written with a wit and a penchant for magic realism reminiscent of both Ocean and The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl, Goyette’s Penelope chronicles the human qualities of waiting—grief, doubt, depression and anger, but also determination, strength and grace—as Penelope breaks her long silence and exclaims her own story.

“A melodic, meditative, clever collection of poems.” —Jonathan Ball, The Winnipeg Free Press

“This is a tightly circumscribed collection of poems whose range of experience is, perforce, the insides of one, single and singular woman.... it would appear that the very same muse rousing Homer, seems likewise to have visited this remarkable poet.”—David B. Hickey, The Antigonish Review

Other Books by this Author

The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl
Sue Goyette

2015 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN
9781554471461 / Trade paper / 64 pp
Sue Goyette

2013 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN
9781554471225 / Trade paper / 80 pp

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