Annal: 2009 Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry

Results of the Governor General's Literary Award in the year 2009.

Book:The Fly in Autumn

The Fly in Autumn

David Zieroth

The Fly in Autumn is a nuanced work with an absurdist twist in which recognizable landscapes—of North Vancouver quays and piers and harbour fog—are sometimes irrevocably altered by “water-light” into places of the mind alive with “the hundred thousand thoughts everyone collects in a day.” Risking unease, using language both tender and ironic, Zieroth’s poems range from the cockiness of flight, from Dick and Jane readers to insurance clerks and blind nurses, and to the inevitability of decline. Still, the poet remains alert to the re-emergence of “his boyhood hope: to be brave, to ship out, to learn to sleep on waves.”

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