by Dymphny Dronyk
Contrary Infatuations is a collection of lyrical snapshots that take the reader to familiar places of both heartbreak and celebration. Whether chronicling the mucky reality of a lone woman working in the oil and gas sector or describing the wounds of widowhood there is a reverence for the natural world and an underlying theme of hope.
- Shortlisted: Gerald Lampert Award
- Shortlisted: Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry
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Dymphny Dronyk is a publisher, writer, artist, arts activist, mediator and mother. She is also a communications professional in the oil and gas industry. Past President of the Writers Guild of Alberta, Dymphny is currently the President of the League of Canadian Poets.Dymphny has published articles, fiction and poetry in magazines and newspapers in Europe and in North America since 1984. She has also been a contributor to Alberta Views magazine.Her first volume of poetry Contrary Infatuations, was published by Frontenac House. It was shortlisted for two major literary awards: the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry (Alberta) and the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (national). In 2009 she published a memoir about Alberta potter Bibi Clement. She is a co-founder of the RE:act Collective.
Whether writing about the hard scrabble life of being a camp cook or documenting a long and harrowing bedside vigil beside her husband; whether writing about working in the oil patch, about being “bushed,” or juggling wolves in a primarily male industry, she never succumbs to sentimentality or maudlin self-pity. Indeed, it is the upbeat character, the wit and good humour the poet brings to her candid observations that impresses most: Her preferred mode is the skinny free verse strophe, she’s terse and economical with the language, even in the narrative pieces, and can string together a strong developmental suite, as she does in Camp Cook, Tree Planting Poems, The Patch Poems, 2006, and the stellar centerpiece, Astrocytoma. Her work poems bring to the familiar anecdotal narrative sub-genre a wry wit, strong use of anaphora and other parallel structures, so she can ring the changes from straight reportage to metaphor with élan. A solid debut.
~ Richard Stevenson, Northern Poetry Review