What the Soul Doesn’t Want

by Lorna Crozier

May 16, 2017
5.5 x 9, paper, 64 pages
CDN/US $16.95

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Finalist for the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry
Finalist for the 2018 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

“New poems by Lorna Crozier are always a reason for rejoicing.” — Globe and Mail

In her newest collection, Lorna Crozier describes the passage of time in the way that only she can. Her arresting, edgy poems about aging and grief are surprising and invigorating: a defiant balm. At the same time, she revels in the quirkiness and whimsy of the natural world: the vision of a fly, the naming of an eggplant, and a woman who — not unhappily — finds that cockroaches are drawn to her.

“God draws a life. And then begins to rub it out / with the eraser on his pencil.” Lorna Crozier draws a world in What the Soul Doesn’t Want, and then beckons us in. Crozier’s signature wit and striking imagery are on display as she stretches her wings and reminds us that we haven’t yet seen all that she can do.

Reviews and interviews

Crozier’s “brilliance largely involves the seemingly easeful way in which her speakers glide from deep philosophical questions to the wryly circumstantial quotidian and back again.” — Canadian Literature, August 2018.

“Her grasp of taking the ordinary and creating the extraordinary is done with design; she does so with control yet leaves room for us as readers to feel welcomed into the country of verse.” — Prairie Fire, May 17, 2018

“Crozier’s grasp of time and emotion is as precise as ever, and this little collection repays multiple readings.” —  Resource Links, 2017.

Interview on CBC The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers, October 2017.

“This collection explores the process of aging, of dying, of wondering about time, and questions of what has and has not yet been… wry and wrought with wit and self-knowing.” — Saltern Magazine, July 21, 2017.

“Her newest collection focuses on the universal truths of life, change, and loss, all through a deeply human lens… Everything exists at once — the underworld of Greek mythology and a Model T car; a Goodwill store and King Lear — time is fluid and haunting.” — The Martlet, June 8, 2017.

On World Poetry Cafe Radio, May 25, 2017.

“[A] late-career highlight… [Crozier] can speak for the inanimate with whimsy and empathy, knows when and how to conjure sensuality, and can sneak in an emotional payload.” — Quill and Quire, April 2017.