Dust Blown Side of the Journey (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

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Eleonore Schönmaier’s [third] poetry collection, Dust Blown Side of the Journey, is the work of a poet who has mastered her craft…featuring a beautifully elaborate intertwining of images…connections continue from poem to poem…akin to recurring melodies or riffs across distinct movements of a composition…poems both captivating and moving. —Emma Skagan The Malahat Review, Autumn 2018

Schönmaier is a perfect mix of Nelson Ball’s wonder and brevity along with the breadth and wisdom, experience and vision of a Lorna Crozier or a Sharon Olds.  That is some fine company and Schönmaier is right at home…monstrously good…Reading Dust Blown Side of the Journey is like that first long cool and quenching gulp of fresh spring water after a long hike. —Michael Dennis Today’s Book of Poetry, 2018

Wavelengths of Your Song (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

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The poems feel impelled by a passionate, unblinking curiosity about the world and its creatures…The fluidity within the poems is matched by the subtle flow between them…The effect is like that of a symphony with interwoven and subtly varied musical statements, and, as in a symphony, the effect is cumulative…This collection could be enjoyed for the beauty of the language alone. —Jean Van Loon, Arc Poetry Magazine, 17 July 2013

Eleonore Schönmaier…gives us these generously and subtly illuminated glimpses into rooms, conversations, lives…one also hears a constant music in the poetry. — Shawna Lemay, Canadian Poetries, 9 September 2013

[H]er poetry’s sensuality, and its corresponding intimations that well-being of any kind is the product of practiced intimacy…A generous and thoughtful collection…Schönmaier’s attention is paid in equal measure to music, ecology, family, loss and love. —Tina Northrup, The Antigonish Review, April 2014

She is able to find beauty everywhere and express it so that you are transported …Schönmaier is able to give voice to the connection she has with the world and make it splendid…This is accomplished poetry. —Michael Dennis, Today’s Book of Poetry, July 2016

Treading Fast Rivers (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

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The natural world is prominent, almost dreamlike in Treading Fast Rivers, and starkly beautiful….Treading Fast Rivers is strong poetry. —Shane Neilson, Prairie Fire Review of Books, Autumn 2000

Schönmaier’s poetic world is a deftly-realized visual landscape….allowing her to examine—with clear-eyed perceptiveness—the territory of the heart.  [Schönmaier] is alert to the sensual possibilities of the world.  These poems…delight in the richness of experience. —Anne Simpson, Atlantic Books Today, Spring 2000

Her poems open windows not so much onto but in their subjects…they describe a kind of reverence. —Susan Gillis, League of Canadian Poets, Autumn 2000

She has begun to make beauty.…wonderfully unforgettable. —M. Travis Lane, Fiddlehead, Winter 2000

Schönmaier’s poetic gifts are apparent. —Christian Riegel, The Antigonish Review, Winter 2001