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The Season's Vagrant Light

New and Selected Poems

Sheri Benning

The Season's Vagrant Light
RRP: GBP 9.99
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ISBN: 978 1 784101 08 4
Categories: 21st Century, Canadian, First Collections, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: January 2015
96 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (Kindle), Paperback
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  • Shrew sounds of leaves,
    bleeding at a pace the eye can’t hold.
    As a child standing in willow kindle,
    grasses the yellow of grandma’s dying
    arms, watching geese harrow a sky made
    more blue by the radiance of decay,
    asking for a sign…

    from ‘Wolverine Creek’
    This book marks the UK début of Canadian poet Sheri Benning, featuring new poems alongside work previously published in Canada. Benning’s early work draws on her strongly felt connection to her native landscape, rural Saskatchewan. In poems that couple sinew and roots, blood and sap, skin and stone, Benning explores an ecology of affiliation between humans and the natural world. The poems are also alive to the quiet intimacies between father and daughter, mother and child, between siblings and between lovers. Benning’s later work travels further afield – to Russia, New Mexico, Scotland – but always the physical landscape is entwined with memory, the landscapes of the mind.
    Sheri Benning grew up on a small farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. She’s since travelled widely while attaining several academic degrees. She published two books of poetry in Canada, Thin Moon Psalm (Brick Books, 2007) and Earth After Rain (Thistledown Press, 2001). Her poetry, essays and fiction have also appeared in Canadian ... read more
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