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A theatre audience sees only the drama and the meaning of the performance on stage. The narrator of Alarum Within has a different tale to tell--not only of backstage encounters at a small college theatre, but of illness, addiction and identity. Over a decade in the writing, these poems reveal Beach's fearless candour, tenderness, humour, and her eye for small shining detai A theatre audience sees only the drama and the meaning of the performance on stage. The narrator of Alarum Within has a different tale to tell--not only of backstage encounters at a small college theatre, but of illness, addiction and identity. Over a decade in the writing, these poems reveal Beach's fearless candour, tenderness, humour, and her eye for small shining details. "Alarum Within takes risks--it excels."--Tim Lilburn, author of Kill-site


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A theatre audience sees only the drama and the meaning of the performance on stage. The narrator of Alarum Within has a different tale to tell--not only of backstage encounters at a small college theatre, but of illness, addiction and identity. Over a decade in the writing, these poems reveal Beach's fearless candour, tenderness, humour, and her eye for small shining detai A theatre audience sees only the drama and the meaning of the performance on stage. The narrator of Alarum Within has a different tale to tell--not only of backstage encounters at a small college theatre, but of illness, addiction and identity. Over a decade in the writing, these poems reveal Beach's fearless candour, tenderness, humour, and her eye for small shining details. "Alarum Within takes risks--it excels."--Tim Lilburn, author of Kill-site

20 review for Alarum Within: Theatre Poems: Theatre Poems

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kimmy Beach

    I think it’s important to read the books we wrote as younger people. This one stands up well.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Penner

    A really interesting little book that examines the nature of both theatre and Canadiana.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    Alarum Within is still my favourite of Kimmy Beach's eclectic collections of poetry, perhaps because I came to it first. Alarum Within is still my favourite of Kimmy Beach's eclectic collections of poetry, perhaps because I came to it first.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Mousseau

    Julie runs toward me just as fast as her pink tapdancer legs will carry her cream chiffon swishes back and forth on her seventeen -year-old tapdancer butt batons wave in the blue-tinted darkness backstage Kimmy, have you seen my shoes? Have you checked your feet? and there they are! she clacks happily on to tap her little brains out and the audience things the magic happens on stage - Dancemania 1986! with Miss Wendy and the Advanced Tap Class, pg. 14 * * * the tilted crescent moon of the radiant being above my le Julie runs toward me just as fast as her pink tapdancer legs will carry her cream chiffon swishes back and forth on her seventeen -year-old tapdancer butt batons wave in the blue-tinted darkness backstage Kimmy, have you seen my shoes? Have you checked your feet? and there they are! she clacks happily on to tap her little brains out and the audience things the magic happens on stage - Dancemania 1986! with Miss Wendy and the Advanced Tap Class, pg. 14 * * * the tilted crescent moon of the radiant being above my left eye His arms bend downward encircling my skull, the breath eshaled by bears goats snakes propels the scintillating fortress walls the zigzag and screech of corners buttresses angles O gleaming light of the stars O bright Jewel! my hand before my face a swarm of purplegreen maggots of light and diamond O holy breath! O flame of love! most will only guess at this splendour the Godhead quivers just out of my seeing - Coruscans Lux, after Hildegard of Bingen, pg. 46 * * * the role of Judas is demanding no doubt about it especially when you have to play him in a clown suit and big red running shoes a whistle and a fat cigar it's too much for Ryan he disappears half way through the run, takes the bag of silver with him thirty coins won't get him far but far enough away from me I'll find a new Judas for week two - An Opportunity to Betray Him, pg. 59

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lori Claerhout

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    Holly

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    Toni Maggio

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    Poetry Train

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    Shawna Lemay

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    Stephen Novik

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    Shirley Dufault

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    Coby

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    Karen

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    Jonathan

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