The Weight of Oranges, Miner's Pond, Skin Divers

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Prior to her stunning first novel,Fugitive Pieces, Anne Michaels had already won awards and critical acclaim for two books of poetry:The Weight of Oranges(1986), which won the Commonwealth Prize for the Americas, andMiner's Pond(1991), which received the Canadian Authors Association Award and was short-listed for the Governor General's Award and the Trillium Award. Although they were published separately, these two books, along withSkin Divers, a collection of Michaels's newest work, were written as companion volumes. Poemsbrings all three books together for the first time, creating for American readers a wonderful introduction to Anne Michaels's poetry. Meditative and insightful, powerful and heart-moving, these are poems that, as Michael Ondaatje has written, "go way beyond games or fashion or politics . . . They represent the human being entire."
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2000
ISBN: 9780375401404
Branch Call Number: ANF 821.54
Characteristics: 195 p


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kayafraser Feb 24, 2012

Gorgeous, gorgeous language. Sensual and exact. In my opinion, Michaels's poetry is better than her prose.

Jul 04, 2011

In this collection of Anne Michaels' three books of poems - "The Weight of Oranges," "Miner's Pond," and "Skin Divers" - there is an elegiac and dream-like "weight" through out the tone and quality of each poem. So much were landscape, nature and human nature. So much was remembering: family, scientists, astronomers, artists and other poets. These elements in her poems weave in and out to make thick blankets presenting each poem as comfort and solace for what is there and also what is not there. For instance, the poem "Phantom Limbs" (in the poetry work "Miner's Pond") says that what is forgotten about a city is like "phantom limbs" and these forgotten parts of the city are remembered only by the city itself.
Michaels' poems are not born of "philosophical thickness" but each on its own, with its depths of imagery and images, speaks of "essences" of language, appreciation of almost "rural" life and the wandering of the poetic voice in this collection of her three books of poems.

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