Bold poems of beauty and power.
Bluesy, opinionated, sly, self-chastising and tender, Rhea Tregebov’s All Souls’—her first collection since 2004—commands a range of tones wider and bolder than anything in her previous six books. Inspired by crises both personal (divorce, adult children, aging parents) and societal (global warming, financial implosion), All Souls’ bracingly addresses the quandary at the heart of our present moment: the fear of change and the fear of standing still. Enriched by a sharp palate and crackling with confidence, Tregebov’s new poems capture life in all its rueful aspects, and do so with a lyricism of considerable beauty and power.
“Tregebov has always been a poet’s poet, but never more so than here. Honesty of feeling and honesty of expression are the author’s twin talents.” George Fetherling, Quill & Quire.
“Several poems in this skilful collection were so good on first reading that I put the book away for awhile and later returned to see if the same shivers would occur. They did.” Sue Sorensen, Prairie Fire Review of Books.
“From the deeply personal, Tregebov branches out into poems concerning crises facing society (the subprime mortgage implosion and our chaotic, terror-ridden, seemingly random “undecade”) and the planet (global warming and war). Perhaps the most ambitious poem in the collection is “The Gardens of the Antarctic,” a dense, speculative work about the decadent floral tangle that will take root in the nether regions after global warming and environmental catastrophe have wrought havoc, wiping humans from the planet.” Brian Campbell, Rover.
“Tregebov laments the aging of her parents in a series of poems focused on family dinners, a very effective strategy for exploring the intimacies of relatives over a long period.” Bert Almon, Montreal Review of Books Review.
“Tregebov’s use of language is effortless, allowing the book to contemplate—sometimes quietly, sometimes more forcefully—the way in which small moments speak to a larger human consciousness.” Taylor Tower, Maisonneuve, Issue 45.
View Squircle Press’ Broadside of “Random.”
View Squircle Press’ Broadside of “Labastide-Esparbaïrenque, France.”
Read an interview by The Toronto Quarterly with Tregebov on All Souls’.
View a short video by filmmaker Midi Onodera which uses an excerpt from the title poem “All Souls’ Day”.
Praise for Rhea Tregebov:
[Tregebov] can be recommended not only to the only people poets suspect ever read their work (other poets) but also to all those greater multitudes who customarily don’t, and among these, in particular, to parents, nurses, doctors, and gardeners. –Elizabeth Harvor
For decades Rhea Tregebov has been writing poems of penetrating honesty. At their core is a deep familiarity with the necessities of love; inconsolable loss, inconsolable hope….The clarity of her voice is deeply moving, a voice at home in its skin, entirely aware, deeply compassionate. –Anne Michaels
CANADIAN RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 2012
U.S. RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 2013
All Souls’ DaySome moon – full, and fall. So close it grazes the houses. The clocks gone back now – six and it’s near dark. That moon bright, though, and this city. Cars, their lights, wash by on pavement made for them. This sidewalk, its dates marked in concrete (1977, 1992), made for me. By someone. That someone a soul now perhaps, body done, in earth. Winter soon.