Tostevin’s latest offering of poetry emerges from her deep-seated interest in the creativity of women who face advanced age and its ailments. Through study of exhibitions in galleries and museums, films and dance performances, and voluminous “bodies” of text, it became clear to Tostevin that aging not only serves women’s creativity but also reinforces it, revealing many forms of strength in vulnerability.
Singed Wings invites the reader to peer into the interior world of Camille Claudel, whose intimate understanding of her subjects, from young girl to old woman, captured quite a different power than that of her lover, sculptor Auguste Rodin. Although Claudel was not able to fully realize her creative process into old age, many others did, including Louise Bourgeois, Frida Kahlo, Betty Goodwin, Pina Bausch, and Agnès Varda, and it is in direct response to the vital creativity of these women that the poet finds the inspiration and determination to move her own art forward.
- Talonbooks Publishers
- ISBN 13: 9780889227903 | ISBN 10: 088922790X
Poems is Lola Lemire Tostevin's ninth book - accomplished, lyrical,
incisive, beautiful, it can be read as a series of linked poems, as
a book of longer poems, or as one extended poem that questions and examines
the "site" of poetry: memory, paper, ink, geography language,
nostalgia, the body. Lola Lemire Tostevin acts as poet-surveyor, while
mapping out the long poem. Site-Specific Poems is redolent and
radiant with the magical light of place without and within writing.
about the death of one's father or of close friends brings into sharp
focus the essential relation between language and death as it was so
beautifully expressed on the temple walls of Ancient Egypt.
journal entries of Cartouches were not written in the usual traditional
diary form in which a day's events are recorded. They were, like the
poems, "fashioned" as a process of writing through which the
writer gives meaning to events that may (or may not) have happened.
fine poetic talent who is able to give us a new relationship to language.
"There is a depth of reflection and an honesty of emotion in these
poems that make Cartouches a very special reading experience."
- Journal of Canadian Poetry
...lovely, nape-tingling work. It bears re-reading, it repays the attention
given." - Books in Canada
... [Tostevin's] Writing is disciplined, lucid, and enormously suggestive.
...[There is] delight ... in words themselves, in the interplay of sound
and sense, but there is always a bite behind the play ...' - Journal
of Canadian Poetry
Coach House Press
Italian translation of 'sophie.
poetry of Lola Lemire Tostevin crosses cultures - - as witnessed by
the voice and music of Billie Holiday, and of Bach, of Einstein and
of Pythagoras, of Derrida, of Brossard and of Phyllis Webb,the voice
of the woman in the Song of Songs and that of a private I, lived and
confirms her as one of the most intelligent and important poets in Canada
today.' - The Malahat Review
... language honed to a fine exactitude; not a word struggles; ... one
of the finest examples of the poetry of necessity ...' - Canadian Literature
Color of Her Speech
of the central issues of contemporary Canadian discourse, bilingualism
and feminism, are used as metaphors for the struggle we all must make
to recover our own personal speech, a way of reaching each other.
... a powerful and invigorating performance, a superb book from anyone,
but especially as a first effort.' - Quarry
Coach House Press
Il Colore Del Suo Parlare
Color of Her Speech translated into Italian by Analisa Goldoni. The texts are laid out so as to present the English version on the opposite page.
- Editioni Empiria
- Via Baccina, 79-00184, Roma