Finalist for the Victoria Book Prize
Capturing moments in time and nature, Carla Funk’s poems bring the world to a momentary standstill. Funk translates vivid descriptions and feeling into her poems, both testing and playing with traditional poetic experiences.
Apologetic’s poems experiment with expressing thoughts and emotions in formal poetic traditions, confining words to metrical lines or rhyme schemes. Many deal with the natural world, moments in time spent outdoors, in gardens, and capturing fleeting impressions in the human experience. Playing with form and content, Funk evokes the idea of a flesh-and-bones body (the poetic structure) carrying a spiritual entity (the poem’s meaning).
“Highway 16 Sonnet” uses the traditional sonnet form to capture a gruesome snapshot of roadkill as a harsh reality of travel on a Canadian highway. “Ring Around the Moon” describes in five verses of four lines each, the experience of taking out the garbage late at night and observing the beautiful night sky, something hallowed above the stench of waste.
Finalist, Victoria Book Prize
"Funk writes with confidence and grace."
- Ariel Gordon, The Winnipeg Free Press
"Victoria poet Carla Funk demonstrates quiet contemplation in her powerful fourth collection, Apologetic, which explores the natural world, the passage of time, aging, love and spirituality...These poems continue to reward upon numerous readings. They often take us to the edge of melancholy, then bring us back to hope through remarkable imagery and an engaging quest for understanding. "
- Candace Fertile, The Victoria Times Colonist
Born and raised in Vanderhoof, B.C., one of the earliest Mennonite settlements in the province, Carla Funk now lives and teaches writing in Victoria, where she served as the city’s inaugural poet laureate from 2006-2008. Her previous books of poetry include The Sewing Room and Apologetic.