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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > Jan/Feb 2019 > Sense and sentimentality

Sense and sentimentality

Three poetry collections take different approaches to the cerebral and the emotional

Ruba’iyat for the Time of Apricots

Basma Kavanagh

Frontenac House

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Tess Liem

Coach House Books

RUBA’IYAT FOR THE TIME OF APRICOTS is the third book of poetry from writer and artist Basma Kavanagh. “Ruba’iyat” refers to a grouping of “ruba’i” – poems in a classical Persian four-line form not unlike the western quatrain. Kavanagh takes some liberties with her ruba’iyat: she does not employ end rhymes; each page contains three quatrains (or ruba’i); and the book is one continuous poem, without any titles or section dividers.

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