Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
Karen Solie won the Canadian Griffin Prize with only her third collection, Pigeon, in 2010, and has quickly established herself as one of the most distinctive and unsettling voices in Canadian poetry, a 'sublime singer of existential bewilderment'.
Her poems are X-rays of our delusions and mistaken perceptions, explorations of violence, bad luck, fate, creeping catastrophe, love, desire, and the eros of danger, constantly exposing the fragility of the basis of trust on which modern humanity relies. They are double-edged, tense and tender, an edgy blend of irony and guts, of snarl and praise, of sharp intelligence and quizzical ambiguity.
'The Canadian Karen Solie's The Living Option: Selected Poems has enormous wit and invention, making waste and horror seem almost redeemable...' - Sean O'Brien, Independent, Books of the Year 2013
'Powerful, philosophical, intelligent… [Solie is] especially adept at pulling great wisdom from the ordinary…an ability to see at once into and through our daily struggle, often thwarted by our very selves, toward something like an honourable life' – Anne Carson, Kathleen Jamie & Carl Phillips, 2010 Griffin Prize judges' citation, on Pigeon.