What the Soul Doesn’t Want

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.

“God draws a life. And then begins to rub it out / with the eraser on his pencil.” Lorna Crozier draws a world in What the Soul Doesn’t Want, and then beckons us in. Crozier’s signature wit and striking imagery are on display as she stretches her wings and reminds us that we haven’t yet seen all that she can do.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
What the Soul Doesn’t Want 1
Contents 11
NOT THE TONGUE 13
WHAT THE SOUL WANTS 14
WHEN THE BONES GET COLD 15
TIME STUDIES 16
SOME MORNING-GOD 18
DON’T COME IN 19
POEM FOR THE DAUGHTER YOU NEVER HAD 20
LILAC 21
FIELD STUDIES: THE FLY 22
SOUVENIRS 27
ST. FRANCIS 28
WHAT THE SOUL DOESN’T WANT 29
NIGHT SHIFT 30
A MARE CALLED SASSAFRAS 31
ALGORITHM: THE WAY OUT 32
EGGPLANT 33
SUCH 36
CATBIRD 37
NOTES FOR THE START OF SPRING 38
COCKROACH 39
READING MERWIN 46
WORK 47
THE LEAST OF THINGS 48
WORK 2 49
MAKING PIES WITH SYLVIA PLATH 50
THE UNDERWORLD 51
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE ANIMALS WHEN THE WOODS ARE BURNING? 52
THE LAST OWL 53
WINTER SOLSTICE 54
SELF-CENTRED 55
WHAT’S MISSING IN HEAVEN 56
WHAT THE SOUL WANTS 2 58
STUDY OF SOLITUDE 59
REASONS TO QUESTION THE OFFICIAL VERDICT OF SUICIDE 60
FEBRUARY 20TH 61
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 63