Reaching for Clear by David Solway
Winner of The A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry in 2007
Reaching for Clear is David Solway’s translation of poetry by Dominica’s celebrated young poet Rhys Savarin. Savarin now joins the Greek Andreas Karavis and the Turkish Nesmine Rifat in the growing pantheon of figures given life by Solway. An internationalist of the imagination, Solway consolidates his reputation as one of Canada’s most original poets with an exciting adaptation of Savarin’s lush landscapes, both human and natural. Savarin’s bewitching mix of visual acuity and vernacular, his celebratory sense of an island world hedged by magic (or what Savarin himself calls “the flora and fauna of a mythical condition”), has been vividly rendered by Solway into poems distinguished by their clarity, musicality, humour, and insight.
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