Comet Wine


Ruth Taylor

Comet Wine is a book of poems, not a collection of poems. Although it does not have a traditional narrative, it certainly does have an imaginative thread. It invites the reader to be, as s/he reads and experiences, the needle and thread that connects them. Comet Wine begins with ‘Prelude (A Poet’s Work)’: “What is the poet’s Work?/And why and oh why and oh why;” a job description that immediately makes it clear that this is not a 9-5 position. And by the end of the list we learn that it is above all “To write poems/That are misunderstood.” The reader is orbited around the theme of love: poetic, personal, cosmic, sexual, sensual, unrequited, comic and tragic, in a way that only a poet can and may.

“Taylor is unabashedly erudite… wild and magical… Her poems teem with mythical and literary allusions. Words spill out onto the page like secretions, as sinuous, sensuous and challenging.”
—Montreal Gazette

POE011000 Poetry/Canadian
• 96pp 5.5 x 8.5 in