Ever since I first directed my hungry gaze at Winter Goose Publishing, I’d been reading as many of their books of poetry as I could afford. That practice, even after being fortunate and persistent enough to sign with WGP, never ceased. I’ve never encountered a publishing house with such an arsenal of really good, solid poets. It’s kind of shocking! Every collection I’ve read from WGP has been exquisite. And that holds true with the latest offering I’ve had a chance to read.
Who Will Love the Crow by Miriam Dunn is that poet’s debut with WGP. Dunn resides in eastern Canada, and that Atlantic air has seeped into her prose. This collection (and be patient; I’ll get to how amazing it is in a moment) is available for pre-order here.
It seems redundant to call a poetry collection “poetic”, but that was the first word that came to mind when I read this collection. Dunn is a poet of immense talent, and she utilizes several different poetic tools with her work. There are several pieces with rhyming, which seems to me to be a rarity in much contemporary poetry. It causes her work to seem traditionally-inspired and cerebral. Dunn also utilizes the standard haiku form on occasion, and most of her poems are comprised of short lines. These poems are concise and beautiful. They’re gorgeous themes and imagery elegantly packaged into a readable contemporary form that hearkens also back to romanticists. Her work is also rife with sensuality and tension. They’re brooding and also hopeful.
It should also be noted that throughout the collection, gorgeous photographs are perfectly-paired to several poems. You reach the end of a particular piece and behold an image that brings the whole piece together. Come to find out, these photos are done by Dunn’s daughter. It looks like there’s creativity aplenty in that family.
My favorite pieces were “Crows”, “Undressed”, and “The Ocean is too Big”. “Crows” is conversational in nature, written as dialogue. It almost reads like flash fiction. “Undressed” is very pleasurably suggestive, as several of Dunn’s poems in this collection are. My favorite poem in the book is “The Ocean is too Big”. It contains my favorite lines in the whole collection:
The ocean is too big
but still I find you.
Miriam Dunn is a remarkable poet, and Who Will Love the Crow is a remarkable collection of poetry. Pre-order it ASAP. Read it. Discover why Winter Goose Publishing is at the pinnacle of contemporary poetry.