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This Horizon and Beyond

Nancy-Gay Rotstein

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-532-6
Trim Size: 6 X 9
Cloth
Overlook
4/11/2005

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FOREWORD BY IRVING LAYTON

Nancy-Gay Rotstein's poetry has been hailed for its powerful imagery,perceptive insights, and universal appeal. This Horizon and Beyond brings together landmark poems from her previous collections with poems appearing in print for the first time.

Included are poems from Rotstein's travels through China as one of the first Westerners to enter that country after the Cultural Revolution; evocative and stirring images from her travels in Greece, Italy, Japan, and Israel; and an emotionally charged cycle of poems that--written over a 20-year period and purposely held for publication as a unit--capture the changing stages in a family's life. Her other enduring themes include history, nature, and ecology. Throughout are colourful and insightful poem-portraits of people and incisive portrayals of historical events--among them selections that contemplate Israel and the Holocaust.

"Her poet's sharp eye detects the hidden diamond or pearl," writes Irving Layton in the Foreword. "She has the amazing ability to petrify her insights and observations into a hieroglyph, a statuary that will transcend the moment, that will transcend time."

Everywhere Rotstein's work is suffused with an awareness of time, the realization that we are living in history, and a sensibility that goes beyond the surface of what is being described. Nancy-Gay Rotstein's unique voice and perspective, her stunning images and her far-ranging experience combine with her masterful ability to crystallize what she sees into brilliant and resonant poetry.

"Her language is sparse and clear. ... Her imagination, her keen eyes and ears are very much her own. ... Even if her lines were arranged like prose they would still be poetry."--Globe and Mail

"All of Rotstein's work is shot through with a historical consciousness....If there's a single theme that links a lifetime's work, it's just that -- the impermanence of every human achievement, the fragility of peace, order and good government."--Maclean's

"Nancy-Gay Rotstein's poems paint large, rich pictures of life...Her poetry [has] a descriptive prowess that cuts to the quick. Her textures of colour, light and history freeze moments to paper. ... She has a strong sense of history, fair play and justice."--The Ottawa Citizen

"She uses words as if they were diamonds, selecting them sparingly and polishing them until they capture the exact image... or landscape that she wants."--Canadian Press

"Rotstein is an original. It is not just the words she writes, fashioned to fit a space on a page; they are words from the soul, given brilliant flight in the rare imagination of a daring spirit. ... You are drawn into her brilliant constructions, made to feel her layers of nuance. This book becomes a bedside companion, a wise friend..." --The Hamilton Spectator

"This Horizon and Beyond is a luminous exploration of the ambit where history, impressions, memory and imagination pass into one another and through one another. How precious to be able to transform the uncertainty and emptiness of life into human potential and hope."--The Canadian Jewish News

"Surprising twists of phrase give this poetry a punch...The book is the culmination of a quarter-century of writing poetry...And they are good. There is a gem-like quality to many of them with a precision in language that somehow makes her poems both specific and universal."--Edmonton Journal

"Her command of language, both its beauty and precision, is without peer....Rotstein has the ability to find the soul in everything she observes, and her words reach into the heart."--Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Nancy-Gay Rotstein has been critically acclaimed for her poetry which has been published in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Her previous collections of poetry include China: Shockwaves,Taking Off, and Through the Eyes of a Woman. She is also the author of a critically acclaimed first novel, Shattering Glass, which has been translated into eight languages. Rotstein holds a graduate degree in history and a law degree. She has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canada Council for the Arts, the National Library and Telefilm Canada. She lives in Toronto.

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