Allan Cooper

Allan Cooper has published over a dozen books of poetry, most recently The Deer Yard (with Harry Thurston) and The Alma Elegies. He has twice won the Alfred G. Bailey Award for poetry. He is the founder of Owl's Head Press and has been the editor of the intermittently-published literary journal Germination since 1982. Cooper is also a songwriter and performer. He divides his time between Riverview and Alma, NB.


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Gabriel's Wing
Allan Cooper

2004 / Poetry / $18.95
9781894031837 / Trade paper / 64 pp


Gabriel's Wing is a poignant meditation on the sensation and manifestations of love and loss in the context of an other or afterworld. Sounds in one world resemble those in the other, hearts broken in this one reopen in the next. Allan Cooper goes beyond metaphoric comparisons, working to pinpoint the exact sensation and tactility of grief, moving emotion into the physical realm.

The poems are bound together with repeated images. Gardens, cells, light, wings and wind feature prominently and provide a landscape in which to ponder the nature of grieving. Running beneath this landscape is a logic that sets out to prove that while the price of love is indeed loss, the hope in loss is that it has been preceded by great love. As Sandra Barry wrote in a review of Cooper's work, "in an age when the ideas of beauty, love, generosity and reverence are considered old-fashioned, regarded as sentimental, Cooper enacts each with a gentle will."

Cooper has a knack for smudging the boundary between interior and exterior, without forsaking specificity and vividness in doing so. This collection is rich with movement and illumination as the shapes of past existences maintain their tangibility in the world that lives on.

This 5 x 8 3/4 inch book is a Smyth-sewn paperback with cover flaps. The cover is printed on Neenah Classic Crest/Classic Columns duplex stock, and features a reproduction of an intaglio print by New Brunswick artist Dan Steeves. The text was typeset in F.W. Goudy's Deepdene by Andrew Steeves and printed on Rolland Zephyr Laid paper.

Review:
Coopers poetry in this collection is not flashy nor is it busy with distracting constructions and irrelevant forms. The meditative and sometimes elegiac poems are served by clear, concise language that calmly trods the paths between this world and other worlds that impinge on ours in what Cooper calls the thin places. John Tyndall, Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine

In writing that successfully walks the tightrope of delicate beauty without faltering into precious, Cooper evokes a world that also needs balance and care. Sue MacLeod, Atlantic Books Today

Other Books by this Author

Everthing We've Loved Comes Back To Find Us
Allan Cooper

2017 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US
9781554471683 / Trade paper
The Deer Yard
Harry Thurston, Allan Cooper

2013 / Poetry / $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US
9781554471201 / Trade paper
The Alma Elegies
Allan Cooper

2007 / Poetry / $15.95 CAN / $15.95 US
9781554470365 / Trade paper
Singing The Flowers Open
Allan Cooper

2001 / Poetry / $49.95 CAN / $49.95 US
9781894031400 / Fine
Singing the Flowers Open
Allan Cooper

2001 / Poetry / $14.95 CAN / $14.95 US
9781894031394 / Trade paper

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