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Songs for Dead Children

E. D. Blodgett

Poetry, Canadian Studies

Published: March 2018
ISBN: 9781772123692
Pages: 88 Size: 5.25x9

as bells that ring through
the winter air

the clear laughter of children
sings in the trees

In a series of poems inspired by Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, E. D. Blodgett searches for meaning amidst grief. In the contemplative gentleness of his words, he finds the special light children possess in their state of unknowing as they encounter the world. These sparse poems move through acceptance and resignation to the solace that exists in the word. Blodgett’s poetry will speak to readers who have experienced loss, are exploring grief, or want to find a way to connect with stillness as they meditate on the unfathomable nothingness of death.

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E. D. Blodgett is a poet, literary historian, and translator. He has published twenty seven books of poetry, two of which received the Governor General’s Award. A former poet laureate of Edmonton, he lives in Surrey, British Columbia.