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There Are Not Enough Sad Songs

There is beauty

in the teacup

like dresses

requiring crinoline

or beaded purses

too small to carry

anything but anger.

—from "Inheritance"

Marita Dachsel's third poetry collection explores parenthood, love, and the grief of losing those both close and distant. In the tradition of Karen Solie and Suzanne Buffam, and with a touch of Canadian Gothic, Dachsel's poetic skills unfold in a variety of brief and expansive forms. Authentic and controlled, full of complexity and disorder, her poems offer release despite their painful twists and topics. Readers across generations will find kinship in Dachsel's grief-fuelled and vulnerable words.

About the Author

Marita Dachsel is the author of Glossolalia and All Things Said & Done. Her work has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, the Acorn-Plantos Award for People's Poetry, and the ReLit Award. Her play Initiation Trilogy was nominated for both a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Script and the Critics' Choice Innovation Award. She lives with her family on Lekwungen territory in Victoria, British Columbia.


# 1 on Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers list, April 3, 2019

"Dachsel's poems also offer a kind of spiritual clarity, navigating a sequence of uncertainties with a careful confidence..."—Rob Mclennan

"...strike a balance between the potent dramas of family life and the sense that all can be lost in a moment of forgetfulness, or the ever-ready subsuming of mortality.... The balance is maintained, but like a teacup on the tip of a pencil, and the value of the collection rests in our recognition that we, too, search for that balance." [Full review at]—John Carroll, The Ormsby Review

"These [three] fine collections focus on loss... Wisdom of both the aging and the ages shines through. Wistfully, they explore growing older and what comes next—or doesn't.... Dachsel's more ribald images... are jolting and rich." [Full review at]—Crystal Hurdle, Canadian Literature

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