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Description - Home of Sudden Service by Elizabeth Bachinsky

A sad and scary book of punk rock villanelles and sonnets about delinquency. Set in Anyvalley, North America, the book centres around the experiences of young people growing up in the suburbs. The contrast of elegant poetic forms with the colloquial, often harsh language of suburban teens makes for a compelling and engaging achievement. Bachinsky creates a gothic landscape that will be familiar to anyone who's visited the suburbs. Here, young Brownies dance, learn to sew and get badges in a series of eerie rituals, and small-town girls settle down early. Murder, lust, teen pregnancy and a young man's disappearance are all discussed with a matter-of-fact, dispassionate voice. But this world is not without humour and hope. 'Home of Sudden Service' concludes with 'Drive', a series of fifteen sonnets about the poet's trip across Canada with her sister -- and out of the setting of their youth.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780889712126
ISBN-10: 0889712123
Format: Paperback
(135mm x 190mm x 8mm)
Pages: 78
Imprint: Nightwood Editions
Publisher: Nightwood Editions
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Elizabeth Bachinsky

Elizabeth Bachinsky was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, in 1976 and grew up in northern British Columbia, the Yukon, and BC's Fraser Valley. In 2004, she received an honourable mention for the Bronwen Wallace Award for Poetry. She lives in the suburbs of Vancouver where she is the poetry editor for Event magazine.

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