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10.2 x 15.2 cm, 112 pages, ISBN 0-921254-86-5, $14.95, 1998
Table of Contents
Bluger's poems are elegant and spare. They are also pure, powerful and
uncompromisingly modern. Although Japanese poets have been writing
tanka for more than a millennium, Gusts is the first book-length collection of
tanka published in Canada.
Marianne Bluger is an award-winning poet with
many books to her credit. Since the late sixties, when she was married to a
Zen master, she has been experimenting with Japanese forms. Her most
recent work, Tamarack & Clearcut, is a significant and beautiful collection
of haiku. Professor Sanford Goldstein, a gifted tanka poet in his own right,
founding editor of Five Lines Down, the influential American tanka magazine,
and translator of Tangled Hair (Akiko), Red Lights (Mokichi), and several
other classics of modern Japanese literature, has been a mentor and
sometime editor in the compilation of this book.
To read Bluger's tanka is
to experience a fresh aesthetic and to feel the quickening of one's own heart.
Each fleeting moment is captured with passion, precision and eloquence.
As Judith Fitzgerald has written of Bluger's earlier lyric work, "whether she
examines natural phenomena or illuminates human nature, it is abundantly
clear that a powerful sensibility is at work in these poems." About her poetry,
Louis Dudek has said, "I'm absolutely floored, delighted and enthralled. The
quality is so good throughout ... the language so fine." Don MacKay has said,
"It is a joy to have Gusts, and in such a splendid format."
resided in Ottawa, where she was a regular contributor to the lively arts community.
Selections from Gusts:
Tanka Selection #1
Tanka Selection #2