Charm by Christine by McNair


Charm by Christine by McNair


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A charm can protect, inflict or influence.

Charm, the second collection by poet Christine McNair, considers the craftwork of conception from a variety of viewpoints—from pregnancy and motherhood, to how an orchid is pollinated, to overcoming abusive relationships, to the manual artistry of carving a violin bow or marbling endpapers.

Through these works, McNair’s poetic line evolves as if moving in a spellbound kaleidoscope, etched with omens, fairytales, intimacy’s stickiness, and the mothering body.

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Praise for Charm:

“McNair’s Charm is unyielding. Replete with precision, elegance and power, an attentive intensity thrives in these poems. She is fearless in her examination of how impermanent objects are treated – of how we ourselves are objects. What lingers is a provocative sensuality, preserved from intimacies, inherent vices, destructive influences, harms, and decay. Her Charm is stunning and alchemical.” —Sandra Ridley, author of Silvija and The Counting House

“Christine McNair’s Charm is a textile bracelet stitched together with a gasp an echo a tune that will catch at your pumpernickel heart. Jubilantly sample the starched linen and cloth pages as these poems embolden you to bite into its promiscuous orchids and chew on the enchanted, hanked-tone stanzas.” —Nicole Markotić, author of whelmed and Bent at the Spine

Press Coverage for Charm:

Charm is carefully crafted, stitched together just-so in a way that is not necessarily simple, but oh so satisfying and utterly engaging.” Contemporary Verse 2

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Charm is a skillfully crafted collection and will surely captivate any lover of language.” —Megan Callahan, Vallum Magazine, Issue 14:2

Charm is a spell-caster of vivid turns and angles, whirling with McNair’s clever, dark humour. In this volume, she visits with a macro theme of care – for children, objects, and bewitchingly, language. It’s the vehicle of language, books, that reaps a compelling amount of attention.” —Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Poetry is Dead


Christine McNair is the author of Conflict (BookThug, 2012; finalist for the City of Ottawa Book Award, the Archibald Lampman Award, and the ReLit Award, and shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry) and pleasantries and other misdemeanours (2013; shortlisted for the bpNichol chapbook award). Her work has appeared in Arc Poetry Magazine, CV2, Descant, Poetry is Dead, Prairie Fire, and other places. McNair lives in Ottawa, where she works as a book doctor.

June 6, 2017 | Poetry
8×5.25 inches | 104 pages
ISBN 9781771663182
Condition: New


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