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Kingdom is a collection of poems that asks questions and argues with the answers. Although confessional, they do not repent. Both comedic or sombre, these poems search for the meaning found in everyday experiences. Whether describing an elephant’s death at the zoo or a sibling road trip, these wide-ranging and visceral poems explore identity, love, family bonds, and our primal link with the natural world.
Praise for Kingdom
Elizabeth Ross’s poems burn right through any hip dark cynicism to get at the real DNA of her own heart. No melancholy here, but vivid reporting from the perilous journey. Ross has been held to the flame and these well-tempered poems are first rate steel.—Michael Dennis, Today’s Book of Poetry
Whether Ross’s muse is the world around her or her own past, her confessional poems motivate readers to contemplate and unearth the meaning of everyday experiences.—Camellia De Castro, Existere
In the lush, vivid poems of Elizabeth Ross’s Kingdom, an agile, engaged and astute mind offers the names for much of the kingdom of the heart. Ross carries us through the dangers and ecstasies of girlhood, with its boundaries and breaches, and into the openings and enclosures of the adult world with its “sound of something bigger.” Kingdom is the startlingly accomplished, brilliant debut collection of an important new voice in Canadian poetry.—Rhea Tregebov