The Grey Tote

Edited by Deena Kara Shaffer

Elegies on the death of the author's parents.

The Grey Tote, Deena Kara Shaffer's debut, is a collection of elegies on the death, in quick succession, of her father and mother. Scorning easy consolations, Shaffer's poems are witty, epigrammatic, rhythmic, spiked with grief but ultimately dry-eyed "lessons in goodbye," she calls them, "Sentences / cut." In coming to grips with what to do "now that now/ has no them in it," she has arrived at a book of poetry fiercer and truer than most written today.

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Advance Praise for The Grey Tote:

"The Grey Tote is impressive for its attitude and language–its direct expression of fear, its realization of mortality in the technological labyrinth. The style is direct, spare, hard, clear, but with elegance and significant whimsy." –A.F. Moritz

Deena Kara Shaffer's poetry has appeared in many magazines including The Dalhousie Review, FreeFall, Canadian Voices: Volume 2. The Grey Tote was short-listed for the Marina Nemat Award. Currently a Learning Specialist at Ryerson University, Shaffer lives in Toronto.
Trade paperback
72 pp 8.5" x 5.5"
ISBN13: 9781550653526

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