Whiteout Poems by George Murray

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In his sixth collection of poems, Whiteout, George Murray won't offer you distraction from your mid-life crisis. He invites you into his – not to wallow, but to wonder with him at the sudden shift in the view.
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Poetry that explores how accidental voyeurism can force reconsideration and reconciliation White.out: n. a surface condition ... in which no object casts a shadow, the horizon cannot be seen, and only dark objects are discernible ... Whiteout: when the heavy weather of daily life establishes the measure of the measureless; when the predatory nature of the accidental conjures cowboys and the comatose; when the sickly sweet pop of life underfoot contrasts the televised image, shrinking to a pinprick. Whiteout: calques and towers, twin polar storms, falling, burning. Whiteout: ''a book of white nothing.''
George Murray's sixth collection has been a decade in the making. At once taut, tender and terrifying, haunted and haunting, Whiteout shatters convention in the collision of order and rage, formlessness and hard - won serenity.
 

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George Murray's three previous books of poetry include "The Hunter" (McClelland & Stewart, 2003) and "The Cottage Builder's Letter" (M&S, 2001). His poems, fiction and criticism have appeared in many publications in Canada, the US, the UK, Australia and Europe. Murray won the 2003 New York Festivals Radio and Television Gold Medal for Best Writing for his broadcast poem "Anniversary: A Personal Inventory" and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is the editor and publisher of the popular literary website "Bookninja.com" and a contributing editor for several literary magazines, including "Canadian Notes and Queries" and "The Drunken Boat". He lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.
 
Published January 8, 2013 by ReadHowYouWant. 72 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Sonnet Labb on May 04 2012

In his sixth collection of poems, Whiteout, George Murray won't offer you distraction from your mid-life crisis. He invites you into his – not to wallow, but to wonder with him at the sudden shift in the view.

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