Lucky us: we spoke to Governor General award-winning Halifax poet Don Domanski, hours after it was announced that he beat out some impressive nominees, including Dennis Lee and Margaret ("my pen!") Atwood. Domanski, who kept the big secret for over a month, receives an early Christmas bonus of $25,000 at Rideau Hall on December 13.
All Our Wonders Unavenged is his eighth collection, and won him his third GG nomination. Domanski describes it as a "meditative book. I'm trying to simply understand what it's like to be alive in the world. Not just the human world, which is such a small part of the universe at large; I'm trying to incorporate the human and the animal, the plant, the natural, the galaxies, stars, everything I can throw into the pot. Ultimately it's insanity because you're never going to be able to do that: I know it from the beginning."
As a poet, Domanski tries to stretch language towards impossible goals. "Every poem is a failure, you're not going to success, because what you're reaching for is beyond the language itself. You're relying on intuition and the intuition of the reader. You want to make it beautiful and powerful."