Elise Partridge S The Exiles Gallery Extends The Range Of Her Widely Acclaimed Earlier Books, Fielder S Choice And Chameleon Hours, Praised As First Rate James Pollock For Their Authenticity Stephanie Bolster And Brilliant Precisions That Reflect Life S Plenitude Rosanna WarrenWidely Praised For Her Engagement And Her Attention To Craft, Elise Partridge S The Exiles Gallery Confirms Her Standing As One Of The Most Thoughtful, Authentic Voices In Contemporary Poetry The Poems In Her Third Collection Continue To Explore What She Has Called Implicit Questions About Fullness Of Life Or Lives Somehow Thwarted, Diminished, Ended Too Early Through Formal Technique, Painterly Detail Or Her Signature Compressed Directness, Partridge S Poems Explore The Past, Present And Future With Compassion And Grief, Bearing Witness To Our Not So Still, All Too Brief LivesAbove All, The Exiles Gallery Is A Book Of Celebration In These Restless, Nimble, And Complex Poems Of Apprehension Whether By A Candid Glance Backward At Childhood Or Through Tributes To Friends Partridge S Arresting Images And Diction Give Shape To The Complexity And Abundance Of Experience, Made Luminous And Gilt Edged By The Corridor Of Encroaching Shadows Dispossessed But Defiant, These Are Songs Of Preservation And Love I had not heard of Elise Partridge until after she died, in January of this year, at the age of 56 This, her third book of poetry, was published three months later I don t know what difference it would have made to anything if I d known of her during her lifetime, because I can still read her first two books and I will , but I wish that I had I d have liked to have met her, too, although the instinct for the kind of work Partridge did is not something you can see when you hear a writer read, or shake her hand, or even look into her eyes The insights and wordsmithery that distinguish her poetry are of a kind that is hammered out during the revision process at the writer s place of work even when there is Not a board true, for the true, as she says about one cast off piece of furniture in a poem called The Late Writer s Desk The rest of the review is on my Book Reviews blog at I loved the imagery and i liked the way it flows But I could not make an emotional connection with any of the poems And that is the reason I read poetry The emotional connection.
Elise Partridge s poems have appeared in journals including The New Yorker, The Walrus, Poetry, The Fiddlehead, and The Yale Review She is the author of Fielder s Choice shortlisted for the Lampert Award for best first book of poems in Canada and Chameleon Hours shortlisted for the BC Book Prize and winner of the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award Educated at Harvard, Cambridge, Bosto
- 128 pages
- The Exiles Gallery
- Elise Partridge
- 13 May 2019 Elise Partridge