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Filled with rich evocations of childhood, travel, and landscape, Fielder’s Choice delivers fresh and striking elegiac poems that grapple with their subjects vigorously, unpredictably, and without sentimentality. Partridge’s poetry combines a gifted ear for the vernacular and exuberant verbal skills with an exceptional—and often emotionally powerful—lyric intelligence.

"An exemplary book, and a debut to celebrate." —National Post 

"Exquisitely restrained." —Vancouver Sun 

"Partridge’s adjectives bristle with life." —Books in Canada 

"Partridge’s work with interiors (of houses and women) and exteriors (the garden as feminine space) is especially insightful and rich." —Canadian Literature 

"Witty and compassionate, her polished stanzas [are] neat—but not too neat—in scansion and rhyme." —The Bostonia 

"Elise Partridge is a gift: a writer with a heart unashamed to tell us what it loves." —Stephanie Bolster 

"Fielder’s Choice is an exemplary book, and a debut to celebrate." —National Post 

"Partridge is a connoisseur of her surroundings, and can deliver a rich and textured palette to her readers." —The Montreal Gazette 

"[These poems] should place Partridge among the best of the newer Canadian poets using form." —Globe and Mail