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By (author): Mark Truscott
9781771664516 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POETRY / Canadian / General Sep 21, 2018
$18.00 CAD
Active 5.25 x 8 x 0.15 in | 90 gr 72 pages Book*hug
Careful attention reveals that, even in moments that seem insignificant, our minds are constantly navigating disjunctions among registers of experience. Our intellect silently reminds our eyes that the car that appears to be moving between leaves is actually behind them and much larger. The sound of the vacuum cleaner in the next room is noise to be ignored. The phrase that arises in mind belongs to a conversation earlier in the day. Clear thinking demands that these navigations remain unconscious. But what if they're meaningful, or productive, in themselves? What if they're necessary to help us find a more meaningful place in the world? Branches explores these questions.

Mark Truscott is the author of two books of poetry: Said Like Reeds or Things (2004) and Nature (2010), which was shortlisted for the ReLit Award for Poetry. Poems from Branches have appeared in Event, The Walrus and on the Cultural Society website. Truscott was born in Bloomington, Indiana, grew up in Burlington and lives in Toronto.

Tour: Toronto, St. Catharines, Ottawa, Montreal

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Praise for Branches:

"With their sonic precision and hyper-intelligence, the poems in Branches are wholly immersive. They slow the breath, loosen the mind, and dispel the self. Like Kay Ryan, Truscott has a knack for logical subversion, shifting perception seamlessly until one supposed certainty becomes another, and the foundation is not just shaken but obliterated. What we are left with is the expansiveness of pure potentiality

Branches will change you, and for that it deserves your full attention." --Robin Richardson, author of Knife Throwing Through Self-Hypnosis and Sit How You Want

Mark Truscott's Branches is a unique and assured meditative work, at once ancient and wholly contemporary, a space where Stevens, Ashbery, and Basho might mingle and discover some as-yet unnoticed path. "There are smooth surfaces it seems one can only buy," Truscott adroitly observes. Branches is full of lines ready to take root and reward, allowing perception all its richness but also changing and transforming it with a graceful and almost natural pressure. Reader, these poems are the furthest thing from those surfaces." --Jeff Latosik, author of Dreampad

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