Odes & Laments

Odes & Laments

(Forthcoming with Caitlin Press, September 2019)

Through poems that celebrate the overlooked beauty in the everyday or that mourn human incursions upon the natural world, Fiona Tinwei Lam weaves polythematic threads into a shimmering tapestry. Inspired by Pablo Neruda’s Odes to Common Things, this wide-ranging and diverse collection contains poems that range from the lyric to the concrete/visual while confronting the pressing environmental issues of our time. Ardent, despairing, playful or political, Lam brings an eloquent tenderness to her depictions of our flawed but glorious world.

  • Quoted with All Lit Up, Sept 26/19 about the inspiration of Pablo Neruda’s Odes to Common Things and the epigraph that opens the collection
  • “Sea Star” and “Ode to a Crow” from the collection appear in Cascadia
  • “Lemon,” an ekphrastic poem in Eclectica based on a Mary Pratt painting
  • Chopsticks“, selected by the League of Canadian Poets for its 2019 Poem in Your Pocket Program celebrating National Poetry Month
  • Plasticnic, a recent video poem based on a poem in the collection about plastic pollution has been selected for screening at festivals Athens, Greece; Houston,TX; Trenton, NJ; and Detroit:


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                Photograph by Rebecca Blissett (Renfrew Ravine)