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Sister Prometheus: Discovering Marie Curie
by Douglas Burnet Smith
WM Records, September 2008


In Sister Prometheus: Discovering Marie Curie, Douglas Burnet Smith imagines the inner life of a scientific genius, mother, wife and lover in both verse and prose poems. Drawing on fact, but without the limiting boundaries of biographical narrative, Sister Prometheus is a flesh and blood portrait of Marie Curie that subverts history in favor of human nature. From the birth of her children to the death of her husband, from walks with Einstein to the publicity of her scientific discoveries, this deeply personal narrative gives depth and texture to the woman at its centre.

Sister Prometheus: Discovering Marie Curie is Canadian Douglas Burnet Smith's twelfth book of poetry. His book Voices from a Farther Room (1993) was nominated for a Governor General's Award and The Killed (2000) was nominated for the Atlantic Poetry Prize. He won the The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize for The Knife-Thrower's Partner (1989). Smith has served as the President of the League of Canadian Poets and as Chair of the Public Lending Right Commission of Canada. He divides his time between Paris, France and teaching at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

This book is a profound immersion in Marie Curie’s character and times, and what arises poetically is brilliant, a remarkable and multifaceted portrait of her passionate and turbulent life. – Jan Conn

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