How the Light is Spent

Sobat-Cover_small-678x1024isbn 9780986547393
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In this fine collection, Gail Sidonie Sobat explores profound themes of love, loss, and the passage of time. The first section, Badlands, constructs a narrative of a young couple who are divided by war and tragedy, their story so poignant it never quite leaves the remaining pages. The middle collection of poems, Sailing to Byzantium, sweeps readers across the ocean dropping them squarely into the heat and noise of an Istanbul market. A piercing impression of longing permeates this section, troubling the finality of the first narrative, as if the lover’s grief is embodied, restless. The final collection, How the Light is Spent, replaces the exoticism of the former section with more familiar scenes, at least for Canadian readers. A series of poems about winter reveal an almost familiar soul who attempts to “cheat autumn,” mark time, and rage against the dying light.

Gail Sidonie Sobat has assumed numerous guises in her life-time — teacher, woman-in-black, professional actor, singer, grounds keeper, flag girl, and flower seller. The creator of  YouthWrite and the Spoken Word Youth Choir, she teaches at Grant MacEwan University in Alberta. She has moved 27 times in her life from Badlands to Siksika Nation Reserve to Instanbul to the Sunshine Coast to her writer’s garret in a century-old temperamental house. Gail completed a Master’s degree in English at the University of Alberta and her work has been published in literary journals, anthologies, and has been broadcast on radio and performed on stage. How the Light is Spent is her second poetry collection and her tenth book.

Edited by Bruce Kauffman.