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Red Ledger

Red Ledger

Mary Dalton


Shortlisted for the 2007 Atlantic Book Award for Poetry and the E.J. Pratt Poetry Award

Red Ledger is Mary Dalton's fourth book of poems, and follows the success of her highly praised and prize-winning collection Merrybegot. In Red Ledger, Dalton's wit leaps forward to create yet another series of pressure-packed, tough-minded poems inseparable from their Atlantic source. The immediacy and precision of her diction and the large scope of her thinking evoke an elemental world in ways that recall the oral traditions from which Dalton has often drawn inspiration. Rarely has the formidable Newfoundland character found such authentic expression. Ranging from erotic lyrics to riddles, from parables to social-political meditations, Red Ledger is the work of an exceptional poet who has once again struck out on her own.

Praise for Mary Dalton's Red Ledger:

"Another delight to come my way was Red Ledger, the latest collection of poems by Newfoundland's Mary Dalton. It's sensuous, surprisingly lively at times, and sometimes very wonderfully dark; the emotions revealed in these poems taste like atmosphere. Salt, for example, is a recurring metaphor for desire and for the dizzying parade of images that make up the much-loved places ("St. John's as well as "round the bay") where the poet lives. These are clear, mature poems by a poet who has been quietly practising her vocation for years while the world somersaults by somewhere offshore."
--Jane Urquhart in the Globe and Mail's Books of the Year feature for 2006

Mary Dalton has received various awards for her poetry, among them the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Award, and the TickleAce/Cabot Award. Her previous book, Merrybegot, won the 2005 E.J. Pratt Poetry Award, and was shortlisted for the Winterset Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage and History Award; it was also released as an audiobook by Rattling Books. She lives in St. John's and teaches in the English department at Memorial University.


ISBN:  1-55065-216-8, 978-1-55065-216-1
Price: CDN $16.95
US $14.95
Illustrated: No Cover:  Trade Paper
Size: 5.5 x 8.5 No. of Pages: 80 In Print: Yes

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