Wolsak & Wynn, Toronto 2008 ISBN978-1-894987-27-1
can still draw from Amazon.com.
I can still draw
"It's what I hope
for, or fear, that resonant line or image that will make it impossible
for me to sleep at night, or to breathe easily."
Susan Musgrave, The Sun Saturday Review
Spears is master of the line in poetry, as she is of the pencil line.
The language of these poems is never showy, never obscure, but consistently
precise and forthright; sensuous but never sentimental.... an intelligent,
compassionate engagement with contemporary life....This collection will
be seen as a continuation of, and valuable addition to, a mature poet's
faithful documentation of her world.
Sarah Klassen, Prairie Fire
No thought is left untold; no position left undisclosed. I could understand
returning to this book throughout one’s life, which is the mark of a true
classic. It actually stopped me mid-poem sometimes, to put down the book
for a moment and fully feel what the author had done... saying the most
with the fewest words. No poetic flourishes but razor sharp poetics.
Press release, Pat Lowther Awards Jury 2008
FICTION, BOOKS OF DRAWINGS,