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Pedlar Press Fall 2018/Winter 2019

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By (author): Michael Kenyon Edited by: Stan Dragland
9781897141915 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POETRY / Canadian / General Nov 30, 2018
$20.00 CAD
Forthcoming 5.5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 0.8 lb 64 pages Pedlar Press
Smith Books/Books in Canada First Novel Award 1992, Short-listed Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book 1992, Short-listed ReLit Award for Fiction 2010, Winner
Words "don't hold the world," writes Michael Kenyon in LAMB, "because we/ absorb the shallow fast first meaning." In its line-by-line leaping precision, in the carefully detailed manyness of its particulars, in its expansive, intricate, overarching design, LAMB refutes that laxity. Kenyon combs through time, history, identity, passionately seeking "something lost." LAMB is a long poem of potent lyricism. It enacts what Galway Kinnell says of poetry, that it "sings past even the sadness that begins it." Singing through, Kenyon shapes a resonant world that is representative and yet very much his own.

Michael Kenyon's poetry and fiction have always been alert to the underside, the angularity of the outcast, those forced by temperament or predilection or circumstance to the fringes of middle class life. The world of Kenyan's poems is dark: he names and owns our clearcuts, our overpopulation, our fossil-fuelled rush to oblivion, the violence embedded in sexuality. His books are expanded elegy, clear-eyed, unflinching amid the wreckage of its loves.

Canadian literary critic and writer. Founder of Brick magazine and Brick Books. Professor Emeritus, Western University, London ON

In his latest collection, a woman named Astatine, named after a radioactive element whose isotopes endure half-lives of mere seconds, haunts the poet, much like Dante's Beatrice. Like Brock's Everyone is C02, Kenyon uses parts of the earth and the ideas behind scientific elements to weave rumination on the nature of life. By using surprising subject matter, both collections have keen emotional depth and insight through unexpected and lyrical styles.

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