Breaker, by Sue Sinclair
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Barbara Morrison
August 2011
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Written by
Barbara Morrison
August 2011

This is the third book of poetry from the Toronto-based Sinclair, though the first one I’ve read. Or rather, immersed myself in, since I’ve read and reread it, set the book aside for a few months, and read it again. Poets are often advised to go deeper, to make space for more profound meaning to emerge. Sinclair’s poems show me how far short of that goal I’ve fallen. They disturb and entrance me. They make me look at the things of this world in a new way.

Milton Glaser, in talking about the difference between design and art, says “. . . the only purpose of art is that it is the most powerful instrument for survival—art is so persistent in all our cultures because it is a means of the culture to survive. And the reason for that, I believe, is that art, at its fullest capacity, makes us attentive.. . . if you look at a work of art, you can re-engage reality once again, and you see the distinction between what you thought things were and what they actually are. Because of that, it is a mechanism for the species to survive.”

Sinclair’s poems are truly art, then.

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