How to Dance in This Rarefied Air
his nineties, Rienzi Crusz is widely published, and
respected and loved for his unabashedly romantic and finely
crafted poetry, though always existing below the mainstream
How to Dance in this Rarefied Air offers select and new poems setting out his journey as a poet writing in Canada since the 1970s. It offers a poetics fashioned to meet the demands of writing on the cusp between two worlds, hence the songs of exile, the idioms of defiance and survival, a poetry fashioned to meet the existential concerns of the immigrant encounter. But Crusz has gone beyond the theme of mere displacement, by confronting themes such as love, politics, nature, God, and poetics itself. And always there remains the self-conscious, bordering on the postmodern, and, above all, a delightful irony.
Introduced by Linda Hutcheon, University of Toronto
Praise for Rienzi Crusz:
"Arguably the best living Sri Lankan poet in English."
—World Literature Today
"At 84, the Waterloo poet knows a thing or two about mortality. His thoughts, musings and speculations, not to mention certainties and anxieties, are given eloquent expression in this deep, rich, moving meditative collection of poems that celebrate life as it reflects on death."
—Robert Reid, The Record, December 2, 2009
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-988449-05-0
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Publication Date: April 2017
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