When I Think On Your Lives

When I Think On Your Lives

Tara Kainer

 

ISBN: 978-1-897475-68-3

Trade Paperback: 101 pages

Publication Date: June 1, 2011

Suggested Retail (Paperback): $17.95

Amazon: http://www.amazon.ca/When-I-Think-Your-Lives/dp/1897475683

 

Tara Kainer is a writer who pulls no punches – deeply self-examining, she takes on the natural world, love, war, and poverty, and insists on a human response, a recognition of meaning. From the beauty of the “spun-butter moon” to the rages of the welfare office, from the wide prairie landscape to the many storms of mind and heart, these poems ask essential questions of identity, judgement, and the weight of past experience – “all those versions/of yourself imposed on you by others.” Interpreting crows’ caws or the cacophony of war coverage, her attempts to “know what things are” are bracing and beautiful. She invokes David Suzuki, Ezra Pound, and “the poets/whose truth seeps through/the cage of the printed word.” Kainer’s poems articulate a singular, uncompromising voice “measuring the light of my mind/by the light of those stars,” a reminder of human decency and the importance of the place of the poet: both “to get at the truth, if it’s possible” and “to be such a fool/for beauty.”

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Rose DeShawRose DeShaw
When I Think On Your LivesJune 26th, 2011 by Rose DeShawShe’s been on welfare. Tara says that right up front in an interview on youtube. Titles of the work in her new book give you some idea of what she’s been through: Past Hope, Sadness, I Didn’t Count On This, Hunger, Love Is Like Death, This Yearning, There’s A Funeral Here Today, Collateral Damage, Misreadings, Self-Doubt, At The Welfare ...

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When I Think On Your LivesTara Kainer is a writer who pulls no punches – deeply self-examining, she takes on the natural world, love, war, and poverty, and insists on a human response, a recognition of meaning.  From the beauty of the "spun-butter moon" to the rages of the welfare office, from the wide prairie landscape to the many storms of mind and heart, these poems ask essential ...

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Jason HerouxJason HerouxAuthor of
When I Think On Your Lives - There’s a wonderful sense of community in Tara Kainer’s debut collection of poems, encompassing both nearby neighbours and the distant kinship of the stars. Honest, personal, and humane, her poetry is so down-to-earth it reaches into the roots of everything.

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Tara Kainer

Tara Kainer

Tara Kainer grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and Regina, Saskatchewan. She attended the University of Regina and Queen’s University. She has published poetry, essays, articles, interviews and book reviews in several newspapers, journals, and magazines, including ARC, NOISE, Quarry, and the Kingston Whig-Standard.