The Exiles' Gallery

The Exiles' Gallery

by Elise Partridge


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Elise Partridge’s The Exiles' Gallery extends the range of her widely acclaimed earlier books, Fielder’s Choice and Chameleon Hours, praised as "first-rate" by James Pollock for their "authenticity" by Stephanie Bolster, and "brilliant precisions that reflect life's plenitude" by Rosanna Warren. This new book presents moving portraits of a gallery of characters from North America, from homeless men to a wildlife illustrator, from a mother struggling to pay the rent to a generous stove repairman. Poems that skewer the vanities and complacency of the powerful sit alongside works about loss, love, and resilience written from the author's perspective as a cancer patient. Stephen Burt has compared Partridge's "impressive poems" to Elizabeth Bishop's. With her “flawless ear” (Jacqueline Osherow) and “pitch-perfect verse” (Ken Babstock), Partridge reveals again the “unfeigned passion” and “ardent, compassionate, and unsentimental vision” that have made her books “thrilling, memorable.” (Robert Pinsky)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770899797
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Elise Partridge’s Fielder’s Choice was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poems in Canada; Chameleon Hours was shortlisted for the BC Book Prize, won the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award, and was featured in the Washington Post “Poet’s Choice” column. Her work has been anthologized in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., and has appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, Slate, Yale Review, Southwest Review, PN Review, The Walrus, and The New Republic.

Table of Contents

Foreword Robert Pinsky xiii


The Exile's Home Gallery 3

Biography 5

Dominion 7

My Last Duchess (The Manservant) 9

Fifth and Seventieth 11

Astrolabe 13

X, a CV 14

Co-Education 15

Legacies 17

Emigrés 19

For a Woman Born in the 1930s 20

Domestic Interior: Child Watching Mother 21

Waltzing 23

Tree 25

Parish Dance 26

Meth 27

From a Niece 29

Then 31

Years On 33

Strawberry Cuttings 35

Return 37

Citydwellers 39


Before the Fall 43

The Alphabet 44

Brief Lives 45

Gettysburg, Field and Town 46

Collateral Damage 47

Transfer of Power 48

Placard at the Los Angeles Excavation Site, 5002 A.D. 49

Thoreauvian 50

The Imaginary Encyclopedia 51

Litany 53

Alternate Histories 55


If Clouds Had Strings 59

Fates 61

Hummingbird Koan 62

A Late Writer's Desk 63

Range 64

Big Pink 65

Vengerov's Violin 67

The Wildlife Illustrator 69

The Latin Teacher 71


Statue 75

Roadside Carnival 77

Anticlea and Daughter 78

Miranda at Fifty 79

The Finder 81

Anticancer Charm 83

Terminal 85

Exits 87

Last Days 89

Italian Fifteenth-Century Double Wedding Portrait 91

Gifts 93

Invitation 94

The If Borderlands 95

Notes 99

Acknowledgements 103

About the Author 105

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