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Leaving the Island Talya Rubin

Leaving the Island

Talya Rubin

Published September 1st 2015
ISBN : 9781550654035
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70 pages
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A new poetry collection by an emerging Canadian poet, Talya Rubin, winner of Bronwen Wallace Award Emerging WritersSt Kilda is a barren, rocky archipelago 100 miles off the west coast of Scotland. In 1930, harsh conditions led the islands’ remainingMoreA new poetry collection by an emerging Canadian poet, Talya Rubin, winner of Bronwen Wallace Award Emerging WritersSt Kilda is a barren, rocky archipelago 100 miles off the west coast of Scotland. In 1930, harsh conditions led the islands’ remaining 36 inhabitants to relocate to the mainland, while seabirds and a population of feral sheep were all that was left behind. In Leaving the Island, her first poetry collection, Talya Rubin enters the isolated lives of those last Kildareans, and probes the “desert places” in herself. Written during a series of extended trips abroad, including stays in Australia and Greece, Rubin’s poems return, again and again, to a psychological landscape where “mud and rock / and sea and salt and oily smell / of fish and fowl is all, all.” Rife with exacting wordplay and frank self-reckonings, Leaving the Island is a book about endings and what remains when we start over.