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Lea Graham’s This End of the World: Notes to Robert Kroetsch is an exploration of mentors, influences, and ghosts. It is a book deeply engrossed in Kroetsch’s writing that strives to understand his absence, the work he left behind, and the personal and creative debts owed to him. Graham’s is a “deviating elegy” from one end of the world, inhabiting loss and finding openings for expression in its wake.
Poetry (April 2016)
16 November 2016 | An Interview with Lea Graham about the composition of This End of the World: “After learning of his death, I began having dreams in which he appeared. The first poem in the chapbook, “Dreaming Notes,” has to do with a dream I had where he slides on his knees onto a gym floor, reciting Shakespeare in a play that was being performed. It was such a vivid dream and took place in Chicago (where I lived and studied for many years and where some of my family and close friends still live), but really just that sort of shaking up of all the things my unconsciousness threw together. I should say that I went back to reading his poems in an even more intense way at that period of time.”
13 June 2016 | Andrew Vaissius (Flat Singles Press): “Graham, like Kroetsch, nudges the reader on with sham, myth, and guffaw. Enough said simply means think about it – like the weather there’s always more on the way. It is a good thing that such a worthy homage of Kroetsch comes from a non-Canadian.”
12 May 2016 | rob mclennan: “Her poems are prose-thick with information and references, collaged narratives composed in furious, passionate bursts, each in their own way searching for ways in which to make sense of the chaos, all of which is directed beyond the immediate chaos and back into ‘Bob.'”
10 May 2016 | Klara du Plessis in Broken Pencil: “Two strong writers inhabit one slim volume.”