Ocean audiobook

$5.00

Ocean
Written by Sue Goyette

Performed by Leah Pritchard

1 hour, 41 minutes / 2022 / Poetry / Recorded at Neptune Theatre, Nova Scotia

The ocean has never had a biographer quite like Sue Goyette. Living in Halifax, Goyette’s days are bounded by the substantial fact of the North Atlantic, both by its physical presence and by its metaphoric connotations. And like many of life’s overwhelming facts, our awareness of the ocean’s importance and impact waxes and wanes as the ocean sometimes lurks in the background, sometimes imposes itself upon us, yet always, steadily, is. Goyette plunges in and swims well outside the buoys to craft a sort of alternate, apocryphal account of our relationship with the ocean. In these linked poems, Goyette’s offbeat cast of archetypes (fog merchants, lifeguards, poets, carpenters, mothers, daughters) pronounce absurd explanations to both common and uncommon occurrences in a tone that is part cautionary tale, part creation myth and part urban legend.

Ocean won of the 2015 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia’s Masterworks Art Award and was a finalist for the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize. The French translation of Ocean by Georgette LeBlanc won the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation.

Ocean is also available in paperback from Gaspereau Press.

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia acknowledges the Nova Scotia Creative Industries Fund for the Arts for its investment in the Unbound audiobook series and Neptune Theatre for its partnership in realizing this project.

 

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia is also grateful to Cape Breton Books, Fitzhenry and Whiteside Limited, Gaspereau Press, Nimbus Publishing, Penguin Random House Canada, and Pottersfield Press for their permission to produce and distribute Unbound audiobook titles.

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