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Random House, Inc.
Multi-award-winning poet Don McKay returns with a startling collection of new poems, his first since his Griffin Poetry Prize winning book, Strike/Slip
Don McKay is known, among other things, as Canada's foremost poet of the natural world. Readers have come to expect a playful extravagance in his poetry. Most recently, he has opened himself to the mysteries of geologic wonder. "Who needs ghosts when matter /nonchalantly haunts us," he writes. In his new book, perhaps his most stunning yet, it's fossils and deep time that provide the awe. The landscape of Newfoundland has taken his linguistic virtuosity even further, sharpened his wit, and given him a lyric energy that sometimes feels as if he's lifting the planet into song.

Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : McClelland & Stewart, c2012
Description: 85 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780771055096
Branch Call Number: 811 McK


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ksoles Jun 06, 2012

Despite the fact that Don McKay’s 12th collection features verse about aging and life’s inevitable deterioration, its paradoxically upbeat and hopeful poems have gusto. "Paradoxides" takes delight in both the truly miraculous and the utterly quotidian; McKay certainly displays an infectious reverence for all things both living and inanimate.

The collection’s opening poems explore creatures – winged, crawling, and creeping. As in his best work, the tone is conversational, and his oddball sense of humour helps tame what could otherwise edge into the realm of the overly sentimental. The tone then becomes more contemplative in the middle sections whereas the final poems are the most intimate. In them, McKay pays homage to the inanimate objects that have served as his loyal companions. Fans of McKay’s work will find this collection familiar and sturdy.

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