Robert Kroetsch's first published anthology of new poetry in around ten years, the Hornbooks of Rita K. is supposedly the collection of ninety-nine hornbooks she wrote before disappearing in 1992 in a Frankfurt Museum.
Rita Kleinhart is essentially fictional, though in many ways Kroetsch himself, or at least until 1992.
As Raymond sits down to publish her works, he finds himself becoming more and more a part of her work. As he states in the beginning, he will let Rita's words do the expressin, adding only the occasional footnote. But in the end it is Raymond who tells the story, with sparse extracts of Rita's poetry.
Kroetsch arranges order on the book; a definitive collection, a narrative - but then subverts all the order, making it a truly complex work.
Original title: The Hornbooks of Rita K.
Genre: Poetry→ Verse
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