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Monstrance bears witness to the possibility of hope and faith in an uncertain world. These poems unflinchingly acknowledge the devastation of fear and hostility, but they also marvel when “light bounces off the breakfast plates,” or “the sewing-machine-stitch spoor of a pocket mouse appears” in the snow. Sarah Klassen looks past the particularities of the ordinary and reaches for the sacred.

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Shortlisted for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award and the Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry; Winner of the 2013 Word Award, sponsored by The Word Guild, celebrating the best in Canadian from a Christian worldview

"I believe urgent wonder sits as the core of her newest collection [Monstrance]."
-- Mennonite Quarterly Review

"Klassen has the ability to move from a simple observation...to wide-ranging considerations...[her] emotions...condense powerfully in a clear image."
-- Winnipeg Free Press

"... the delight of Montrance is Klassen’s radiant, assured voice, both for its remarkable immediacy and for the poet’s ability to make faith and inner realities relevant in ways that are neither sentimental nor superficial."
-- Herizons

"These are carefully written poems....Klassen always impresses with her intelligence as well as her search for understanding."
-- Uptown

Monstrance is Sarah Klassen’s best book to date. There’s a lot of spiritual resonance here, but it’s not abstract: it’s rooted in a keen sense of the world we live in. The long, rhythmically sophisticated lines have both an intellectual pressure and an emotional weight that illuminates the complex relationships Klassen explores between the familiarities of our prairie experience, and parts of the larger world she has traveled to and recorded with deep sympathy and attention. The subject matter, the range of attention, is ambitious, but carefully honed to a focus that sustains itself page after page.

-George Amabile, author of Dancing, with Mirrors

 

Sarah Klassen

Born in Winnipeg, Sarah Klassen grew up surrounded by trees, birdsong, silence and snowstorms of Manitoba's boreal forest. She left to become a teacher and a traveller. An accomplished poet and fiction writer, she has won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the High Plains Award for Fiction, the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry, and the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry. Her work has been nominated for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and the Aqua Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Klassen lives in Winnipeg.

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