Cold Breath of Life
Author: Alyssa Cooper
Title: Cold Breath of Life
ISBN: 978-1-927725-02-3 = 9781927725023 – Soft cover
Trade Paperback: 90 pages – 6 X 9
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Genre: Poetry, Canadian
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Cold Breath of Life is a fresh breath of poetic air. Cooper is a storey teller at heat, a raconteur with a kaleidoscopic, multifaceted vision of the world and a lyrical voice that resonates like a tuning fork, especially in poems like Canned Goods, and the Crown trilogy. Cooper’s gift to us lies in her ability to mutate the overlooked into high resolution points of interest, while at the same provoking the senses and imparting tidbits of modern wisdom.
Editor-in-Chief of BareBack Magazine
Cold Breath of Life is the work of an original, young and otherworldly mind. Largely elegiac in tone, Alyssa Cooper’s first and wildly imaginative collection steeps us in a ‘different world’ where the terrain is physically and emotionally charged. At once familiar and strange, these poems speak of memories, of dreamlike moments and unbearable burdens. Ghosts, creatures and lost souls congregate. And there is celebration too, of what it means to be alive in such unusual times. ‘An rud is annamh is íontach’ (what is strange is wonderful).
2003 D. J. O’Hearn Memorial Fellowship winner
and editor of Five Poetry
This is Alyssa Cooper’s first collection of poetry. It is a wildly imaginative collection of where the terrain is physically and emotionally charged. Cold Breath of Life is a fresh breath of poetic air, a work of an original, young and otherworldly mind. These poems will step the reader into a different world, a multifaceted vision that resonates like a tuning fork. These poems speak of memories, of dreamlike moments and unbearable burdens where ghosts, creatures and lost souls congregate. These poems celebrate what it means to be alive in such unusual times. This collection will propel you from one poem to another and never leave you feeling disappointed.