What the Soul Doesn’t Want

Shortlisted
City of Victoria Butler Book Prize
2018
About this Work 

In her newest collection, Lorna Crozier describes the passage of time in the way that only she can. Her arresting, edgy poems about aging and grief are surprising and invigorating: a defiant balm. At the same time, she revels in the quirkiness and whimsy of the natural world: the vision of a fly, the naming of an eggplant, and a woman who — not unhappily — finds that cockroaches are drawn to her.

Freehand Books
Poetry
Jurors' Citation 

Crozier’s book is flawless and as exciting and powerful as anything she’s written, a profound treatment of pain and healing, all delivered with an unparalleled mastery of poetic language.

Lorna Crozier
About 

Lorna Crozier, an Officer of the Order of Canada, is the author of seventeen books of poetry, most recently What the Soul Doesn’t Want. She is also the author of The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Ordinary Things and the memoir Small Beneath the Sky. She is a Professor Emerita at the University of Victoria, has been awarded the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, and is a three-time recipient of the Pat Lowther Award. Born in Swift Current, she now lives on Vancouver Island with writer Patrick Lane and two fine cats.