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There Are Not Enough Sad Songs

Marita Dachsel

Poetry, Canadian Studies

Published: April 2019
ISBN: 9781772124521
Pages: 80 Size: 5.25x9

There is beauty
in the teacup
like dresses
requiring crinoline
or beaded purses
too small to carry
anything but anger.
— from "Inheritance"

A window into the complex and disordered lives of middle age, Marita Dachsel’s third poetry collection draws from her own history and explores parenthood, love, and the grief of losing those both close and distant. In the tradition of Karen Solie and Suzanne Buffam—and a touch of the Canadian Gothic—Dachsel unfolds her poetic skills in a variety of brief and expansive forms. With a voice that is both authentic and controlled, her poems offer a type of release despite their painful twists and topics. Readers working through their own personal losses and daily stresses will be grateful for and find a kinship in Dachsel’s grief-fuelled and vulnerable poetics.

Robert Kroetsch Series

Marita Dachsel is the author of Glossolalia and All Things Said & Done. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and the ReLit Awards and has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies, including Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2011. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.