One-Way Ticket

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Author Currie, Robert
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""the boy who must've been me, and what relation/ is he to the man leaning over the water a moment,/ then slowly turning to shuffle along the paved walk/ by this same river, the man shuffling/ because his left knee is stitched with pain/ when he hurries, the man having forgotten/ till now that boy desperate to save all the fish/ which the man knows were nothing but suckers."What begins as a look back at a different time in history quickly takes a dark turn in Bob Currie's latest collection. Embodying a variety of characters, often in different voices, both those of well-known classic poets as well as the voices of Saskatchewan poets past and present, Currie ponders the collective human experience. With razor-sharp precision and telltale imagery, these poems explore domestic and public life: bad marriages, infidelity, poverty, gun violence, and in a final section, death, and how these experiences change (or, often, don't) between one generation and the next. Currie expertly combines seemingly innocuous poems: catching fish, discovering false
easts in a dresser, with more sinister and somber poems: murder in cold blood, hiding from a gunman outside of a grocery store, bearing witness to the death of loved ones, with poignant candor. "