Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Priscila Uppal

I thought I should blog a little about my fellow Wordfest participants (the poets largely, because poets don't get quite as much attention as the prose writers, or so they all thought). Toronto writer Priscila Uppal's Ontological Necessities was a finalist for the 2006 Griffin Prize. Don Quixote, Wordsworth, Freud, mother, father, it's all in here, and generously spare and open. "This is difficult for me to admit, but the poem/can be completed by anyone," Uppal writes, but in order for that kind of reader to appear one needs sufficient intellectual engagement. There is sufficient engagement here. And then some.

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