God of Shadows

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize
About this Work 

How many gods can dance on the head of Lorna Crozier’s pen? 

The poet Lorna Crozier has always been brilliant at fusing the ordinary with the otherworldly in strange and surprising ways. Now the Governor General’s Literary Award-winning author of Inventing the Hawk returns with God of Shadows, a wry, wise book that offers a polytheistic gallery of the gods we never knew existed and didn’t know we needed. To read these poems is to be ready to offer your own prayers to the god of shadows, the god of quirks, and the god of Next-to-Nothing. Sing new votive hymns to the gods of horses, birds, cats, rats, and insects. And give thanks at the altars of the gods of doubt, guilt, and forgetting. What life-affirming questions have these deities come to ask? Perhaps it is simply this: How can poems be at once so profound, original, and lively, and also so much fun?

McClelland & Stewart
Jurors' Citation 

These poems, in which the ordinary meets the divine, are an act of praise in the form of witness, and a recognition of the wondrous that exists right in front of us. Each poem grounds us in our humanity, while allowing our imaginations to soar and to explore the world from new perspectives.

Lorna Crozier

Lorna Crozier has written seventeen books of poetry, including God of Shadows. She won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Inventing the Hawk, and three additional collections were finalists for the Governor General’s Literary Award. She has received the Canadian Authors Association Award, three Pat Lowther Memorial Awards, and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Lorna is Professor Emerita at the University of Victoria and an Officer of the Order of Canada. She has received five honorary doctorates for her contributions to Canadian Literature.