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The Snowbird Poems

It's a matter of knowing winter. Snowbird travels south, seeks warmth, and begins waiting. Robert Kroetsch's new collection, The Snowbird Poems, is a brilliant flight of departure. Beached where he watches a drowning horizon, teased by romance, Snowbird lets his responses become a message in a bottle to the lost and for the found. Appearing at first wearing bifocals and drinking from a fake coconut, Snowbird goes on to retrieve the footprint of story from the ocean of memory.

About the Author

Born in Heisler, Alberta, Robert Kroetsch published his first novel, But We are Exiles in 1965, and his book The Studhorse Man (1969) won the Governor General's Award for Fiction. Throughout his career, he steadily elaborated his indelible mark on Canadian writing with his fiction, non-fiction, poetry, teaching, and scholarship.


"It is a resonant moment when postmodern techniques are used to transcend, rather than revel in, the limits of language. This collection stands with the best of Kroetsch's impressive body of work." Adam Sol, Quill & Quire August 2004

".the series succeeds in conveying the mixed blessing of an urban tropical vacation, [in a].not-quite-serious tone.Snowbird speaks with a poet's romanticism.Poems from This Part of the Country mark Kroetsch as part of that school of prairie writers who gift us with their mindfulness of place." Sonnet L'Abbe, The Globe & Mail

"The lovely thing about Kroetsch's "lifetime achievement" is that it's nowhere near finished. His masterful new book of poetry, The Snowbird Poems, his 13th, resonates within and extends his earlier writing..There are new timbres in the wry, sad voice we have encountered elsewhere in Kroetsch's poetry, as well as mingling layers of mythic allusion." Chris Wiebe, VUE Weekly, Dec 16-22

"The Snowbird Poems is an impressive anthology of the poetry of Canadian literary icon Robert Kroetsch." Midwest Book Review, Reviewer's Bookwatch, June 2005

"These are dangling conversations, hints, and mere footprints in the sand of an endless shoreline. This is, in some sense, a collection of allusions." Anne Burke, Prairie Journal Trust, July 14, 2005

"A glance through The Snowbird Poems.shows that Kroetsch is still in fine form when it comes to the long poem: the 107-page book is essentially four individual poems broken (and melded) into their components, iterative and process-oriented, and lays strong claim to continuing his earlier work." Matthew Holmes, Arc (Canada's National Poetry Magazine), Summer 2005

"As the title suggests, these are holiday poems of a sort, or poems of refreshing, voluntary exile from oneself. We have every variety of prosaic spread and lyrical condensation, melancholic nostalgia and beach-ball whimsy." Jeffrey Davidson, The University of Toronto Quarterly, Volume 75, Number 1, Winter 2006.

"Snowbird's self-deprecating and self-deconstructing observations are vintage Kroetsch..The long "Poem for My Dead Sister" manages to be deeply elegiac and deeply committed to wordplay and rhyme." Bert Almon, Canadian Book Review Annual, 2005.
University of Alberta Press
Currents (Inactive)

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$24.95 USD

Other Titles by Robert Kroetsch

Too Bad

Robert Kroetsch
Feb 2010 - University of Alberta Press
$24.95 USD - book

The Studhorse Man

Robert Kroetsch, introduction by Aritha van Herk
Apr 2004 - University of Alberta Press
$24.95 USD - book

The Hornbooks of Rita K

Robert Kroetsch
Sep 2001 - University of Alberta Press
$19.95 USD - book

Other Titles from Currents (Inactive)

Apostrophes VII

E.D. Blodgett
Apr 2011 - University of Alberta Press
$19.95 USD - book

Demeter Goes Skydiving

Susan McCaslin
Mar 2011 - University of Alberta Press
$19.95 USD - book

Kat Among the Tigers

Kath MacLean
Feb 2011 - University of Alberta Press
$19.95 USD - book

Other Titles in POETRY / General

BAX 2020

Seth Abramson, Jesse Damiani, edited by Carmen Maria Machado, Joyelle McSweeney
Dec 2020 - Wesleyan University Press
$55.00 USD - Hardback
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Bread Crumbs

Cynthia Tremblay
Jun 2020 - Lynx House Press
$12.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Sleeping and Waking

Albert Goldbarth
May 2020 - Lost Horse Press
$18.00 USD - Paperback / softback