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Home of Sudden Service

Elizabeth Bachinsky

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ISBN 10: 0889712123 / ISBN 13: 9780889712126
Published by Nightwood, 2006
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Title: Home of Sudden Service

Publisher: Nightwood

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st.

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2006 GOVERNOR GENERAL'S AWARD

"Elizabeth Bachinsky is one of those rare poets capable of negotiating poetic forms with rigour and testing their limits, while never losing sight of the strange, dark music of what it means to be human. We should expect great things from her." --The Globe and Mail

Home of Sudden Service is a sad and scary book of punk rock villanelles and sonnets about delinquency.

Set in Anyvalley, North America, Home of Sudden Service centres around the experiences of young people growing up in the suburbs. The contrast of elegant poetic forms with the colloquial, often harsh language of suburban teens makes for a compelling and engaging achievement.

Bachinsky creates a gothic landscape that will be familiar to anyone who's visited the suburbs. Here, young Brownies dance, learn to sew and get badges in a series of eerie rituals, and smalltown girls settle down early. Murder, lust, teen pregnancy and a young man's disappearance are all discussed with a matter-of-fact, dispassionate voice.

But this world is not without humour and hope. Home of Sudden Service concludes with "Drive," a series of fifteen sonnets about the poet's trip across Canada with her sister -- and out of the setting of their youth.

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In "Home of Sudden Service", Elizabeth Bachinsky salutes poetic forebears by name and, more deeply, by singing the strict forms forward. I love this book for the music in its voices and also for its tough and tender normalization of misfit lives. Misfit? Who among us survives the so-called formative years bearing no mark of the outcast? Anybody interesting? So I found myself wondering as I read and re-read this gorgeous, affecting book. Delighted and appalled, I see myself in it.
--Stan Dragland

In Bachinsky's "Home of Sudden Service", nostalgia cloaks itself in the muddied guise of meter and old-school poetic form. ... Through loss ("Sometimes Boys Go Missing"), intoxication ("Of a Place"), and delinquency ("B&E"), "Home of Sudden Service" gets to the heart of growing up stuck: "Like wild grass/ from under the hoof of a pastured animal, we spring up."
--Erin Gray, "Broken Pencil"

You will recognize much about the young lives in "Home of Sudden Service," but you won't find the usual gloss. Here is a poet who knows how to shake things up. Meter! Grit! These are urgent poems, inscribed in skin. You will hear them long after you have put this book down, but you will feel them even longer.--Sina Queyras, editor of "Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets"

...the poems in "Home of Sudden Service" give voice and breath to growing up in the wilds that exist from the suburbs to almost rural, in small town writing of teenage hijinks, failures, successes and those furtive dreams of eternal escape. In poems that exist between childhood and adulthood, between dream and goal, Bachinsky writes of the delinquent teens who will one day become respectable old men, working the same job their whole lives, but still living in that place where everything is still potential, and nothing is actual; each poem existing in that underlying bubbling of sensuality and sexuality, bursting to get through.--rob mclennan

In "Home of Sudden Service," Elizabeth Bachinsky salutes poetic forebears by name and, more deeply, by singing the strict forms forward. I love this book for the music in its voices and also for its tough and tender normalization of misfit lives. Misfit? Who among us survives the so-called formative years bearing no mark of the outcast? Anybody interesting? So I found myself wondering as I read and re-read this gorgeous, affecting book. Delighted and appalled, I see myself in it.--Stan Dragland

["Home of Sudden Service"] packs a wallop of teenage angst, boredom and risky sexiness... an unusual and highly accomplished use of form by a young poet on the subject of loose girls and the freeway culture of malls, necking, cruelty and tragedy. Elizabeth Bachinsky demonstrates more skill in a couple of sonnets and villanelles than poets twice her age do in a couple of books... Most striking in this explicit collection is the contrast between the accomplished technique and the harsh realities of life voiced in colloquial language.--Hannah Main-Van der Kamp, "BC Bookworld"

In Bachinsky's "Home of Sudden Service," nostalgia cloaks itself in the muddied guise of meter and old-school poetic form. ... Through loss ("Sometimes Boys Go Missing"), intoxication ("Of a Place"), and delinquency ("B&E"), "Home of Sudden Service" gets to the heart of growing up stuck: "Like wild grass/ from under the hoof of a pastured animal, we spring up."--Erin Gray, "Broken Pencil"

"Home of Sudden Service" has a lot to recommend it ... As somebody who grew up in a small town, I recognize and respond to the portraits of small-town life that Bachinsky paints with an expert hand.--Johnathan Ball dot com

Imagining T.S. Eliot returned, in a Canadian woman's body, as a punk rocker, takes you only partway to grasping Bachinsky... Her project, in Home of Sudden Service, is to explore the voices of the disenfranchased... Elizabeth Bachinsky is one of those rare poets capable of negotiating poetic forms with rigour and testing their limits, while never losing sight of the strange, dark music of what it means to be human. We should expect great things from her.
--Jeanette Lynes, The Globe and Mail

It's rare to encounter a book of poetry that so nimbly balances accessibility and craft as this second collection by Elizabeth Bachinsky. Drawing on apparently vast reserves of hipster angst, Bachinsky portrays the struggles of the young with a skillful mix of ironic detachment and saucer-eyed immediacy... Two villanelles, a glosa using P.K. Page, several handfuls of punchy free-verse narratives and a single prose piece round out the collection, evincing a young poet concerned with tradition, but possessing an experimental impulse that gives her work a countercultural thrust... [Bachinsky is] a writer worth not only watching, but reading.
--Stewart Cole, Quill and Quire

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