The Animals In That Country: Poems by Margaret Atwood
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An Atlantic Monthly Press Book.
Jacket print courtesy of Bettmann Archives.
Margaret Atwood’s collection of poems is an invocation of the permission, implicit to poetry, to conjure for the sake of conjuring––the right to write impossibly for the sake of possibility. The voice in these poems is alchemist, the eye moving from observer, following the animal’s tracks and chasing impressions of the other, to fully embodying the first-person speaker, implying the poet as an intractable “I” behind every line. So when she writes, in A Voice: “He sat. He was curious / about himself. He wondered / how he had managed to think us,” Atwood shows how the poem might speak in her voice, with her words; but always about itself.