Small Beneath the Sky

Small Beneath the Sky

A Prairie Memoir

Book - 2009
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A volume of poignant recollections by one of Canada's most celebrated poets, Small Beneath the Sky is a tender, unsparing portrait of a family and a place.

Lorna Crozier> vividly depicts her hometown of Swift Current, with its one main street, two high schools, and three beer parlors--where her father spent most of his evenings. She writes unflinchingly about the grief and shame caused by poverty and alcoholism. At the heart of the book is Crozier's fierce love for her mother, Peggy. The narratives of daily life--sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking--are interspersed with prose poems. Lorna Crozier approaches the past with a tactile sense of discovery, tracing her beginnings with a poet's precision and an open heart. Also available in paperback.

Publisher: Vancouver : Greystone Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9781553653431
Characteristics: 197 p. ;,20 cm.


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WVMLStaffPicks Sep 20, 2014

As you read this slim volume you can't help but feel it is coming straight from the heart. And if you have prairie roots (Crozier grew up in Swift Current), it will further enhance the appeal. (It reminded me of Dorothy Livesay's memoir A Winnipeg Childhood.) Read it and be inspired to pick up a volume of Lorna Crozier's poetry.

Cdnbookworm May 18, 2011

This memoir had me enthralled from the first page. The imagery is some of the best I've ever read and she intersperses memoir segments with impressions on nature and her prairie surroundings.
Her memoir is open and honest and she doesn't try to gloss over the difficult times. She has gained permissions from some people she grew up with to tell their stories and has changed the names of others. Her family life was not easy and she talks about the role family dynamics played in not only her life, but that of her immediate family as well. The writing is lyrical and flowing and brings her world to life.

Sep 28, 2010

It is a small book with little vignettes of her life in Swift Current. I found it very interesting, amusing, and lyrical, Lorna is a poetess.
Lorna's description of her prairie childhood, the physical elements of the prairies and daily life itself seemed to jump off the page and become real. The description of the slow death of her mother and her great love for her was very moving. Literature ,and memoirs in particular ,seem to feed off the dysfunction of mother/daughter relationships.It is such a change and a good one,to see that a loving relationship can exist between a mother and daughter. I really enjoyed this book.

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Nov 28, 2014

Personal and telling view of poverty and rural life in Canada mid 20th century, from a Canadian girl's viewpoint. Writing a bit tedious but worth a look for the topic anyway.


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