Odes & Laments, by Fiona Tinwei Lam
Through poems that celebrate the overlooked beauty in the everyday or that mourn human incursions upon the natural world, the writer weaves polythematic threads into a shimmering tapestry. Inspired by Pablo Neruda’s Odes to Common Things, this diverse collection contains poems that range from the lyric to the concrete/visual while confronting the pressing environmental issues of our time. Ardent, despairing, playful or political, Lam brings an eloquent tenderness to her depictions of our flawed but glorious world.
About the author:
Besides authoring two previous poetry books and a children’s book, Fiona Tinwei Lam edited The Bright Well: Contemporary Canadian Poems on Facing Cancer, and co-edited Love Me True: Writers Reflect on the Ins, Outs, Ups & Downs of Marriage with Jane Silcott. Lam won The New Quarterly’s Nick Blatchford Prize and was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award. Her work appears in more than forty anthologies, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English (both 2010 and 2020). Her award-winning poetry videos have screened at festivals internationally. She teaches at SFU Continuing Studies.