dear Hermes ...

Michelle Smith

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Abstract

This book of poetry experiments with the poem as travelogue, drawing inspiration from European mythology and a family history immigration and displacement. By turns joyous and adventurous, melancholy and nostalgic, Michelle Smith's debut collection of poems showcases a wide-ranging fascination with places, people, and story. Smith's limpid and humane handling of an array of themes, emotions, and styles—her Norwegian ancestry, her Canadian Prairie heritage, the significance of family, the fragility of memory, world travel, ekphrasis, myth, and more—exemplifies the lyric self on a poetic grand tour, or pilgrimage, to meet the world. Framed by imaginative travelogues addressed to Greek gods, dear Hermes... offers readers an escape and an entrance—out of time and into the poet's luminous experience. Readers who appreciate clear lyric and fleet voicing will relish Smith's poetry.
LanguageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdmonton
Number of pages79
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

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Travelogue
Hermes
Poem
Poetry
Lyrics
Reader
Mythology
Voicing
Poet
Fleet
Showcase
Deity
Ekphrasis
Debut
Poetics
Grand Tour
Pilgrimage
Melancholy
Family History
Heritage

Keywords

  • poetry
  • travel studies
  • Canadian literature

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Smith, M. (2012). dear Hermes ... Edmonton.
Smith, Michelle. / dear Hermes ... Edmonton, 2012. 79 p.
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