The Perfect Unravelling of the Spirit
Perfect Unravelling of the Spirit is about memory of
being, being in body, spirit and speculation. It unravels
the remembrances and cognitions forged in the mind as it
recalls life through images that are intensely reflective,
transtemporal, sensual, daunting and mournful, sometimes
feeling like never-ending, lazy arias. As we move from poem
to poem, we dwell in magnificent displays of sensations,
ideas, and moods, happy and sorrowful, pleading and
celebratory, allowing ourselves to reconstruct life through
the physicality of the body or the world, perceiving their
pulsating powers and anchoring ourselves in the house that
we sometimes forget we have. The collection is also about
memory of place, of family, of birth, and memory obtained
through formal learning, and how that memory, in all its
dimensions, is transposed to the page, recreated and
reinvented. Deeply philosophic as well as lyrical, the
collection interrogates the idea of memory in multiple
narratives that juxtapose various modes of expression,
argumentation, mood, imagery, tone, and cultural
"The Perfect Unravelling of the Spirit ties the secular rituals of everyday to sacred rites of passage, binding language to love and longing, and to the livelihoods that are Irene Marques’ birthright. These poems bring new and old worlds into dialogue, and poetry into the presence of timeless, generous spirits."
—Edward Chamberlin, If This is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories?
Praise for Irene Marques' Wearing Glasses of Water:
"What impresses most in Irene Marques’s first book of poetry, are the expansive situations she creates. Rarely does small abide over large, or unadorned show instead of ornate, for this Portuguese-born Canadian writer revels in abundance and lush coloring. Call this fat poetry, not thin. At its best it reminds me of the magic realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez: everything writ large and interconnected."
—ARC: Canada's National Poetry Magazine
"The essence of Marques's poetry is a peep into the complex dimensions and psychological states of being, of creativeness and inventiveness with the Word, of themes and motifs of libidinal drives or instincts, of internal emotional conflicts where individual impulses and needs must be placed in ethical resolution with social or moral obligations."
—African Journal of New Poetry
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-894770-96-5
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Publication Date: September 2012
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