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The Most Charming Creatures
Poems
By (author): Gary Barwin
Gary Barwin

Imprint:

ECW Press - Toronto

ISBN:

9781770416611

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General Trade
Sep 20, 2022
$21.95 CAD
Forthcoming

Dimensions:

8.5in x 5.5 in

Page Count:

112 pages
ECW Press
POETRY / Canadian / General
Poetry
Canada
  • Short Description
With uncanny wit, inventive beauty, and numinous surprise, The Most Charming Creatures explores the contemporary and its language, considering our wonder, sorrow, bewilderment, anxiety, and tenderness.

With uncanny wit, inventive beauty, and numinous surprise, The Most Charming Creatures explores the contemporary and its language, considering our wonder, sorrow, bewilderment, anxiety, and tenderness. While these poems energize and connect and “turn the paren- / theses inside out so that / we mean everything,” they are also alive to the alluring complicity of language and its duplicity and deceptions. “This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but / while we watch.”

A follow-up to the award-winning author’s acclaimed selected poems, this new collection continues Barwin’s examination of the possibilities of the poem: a celebration, a story, an investigation, a riff, a word machine, a parable, a transformation. But what are the “most charming creatures” of the title? In 1862, scientific illustrator Ernst Haeckel termed radiolarians (ancient single-celled organisms with mineral skeletons) “the most charming creatures,” but here Barwin turns the microscope around to consider something just as strange and mysterious: language, our culture, and the self. From microorganisms, onion rings, grief, and Gerard Manley Hopkins to beetles, neoliberalism, sandwiches, Martin Luther, and stand-up comedy, he offers: “it’s a miracle that we’ve survived / it’s a miracle that we’ve survived at all.”

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  • CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED MULTIDISCIPLINARY AUTHOR: Barwin is a respected poet and an accomplished novelist, winner of the 2016 Leacock Medal for Humour, and twice the Canadian Jewish Literary Award. Barwin has been nominated for most major Canadian writing prizes including the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award, and the National Magazine Awards. He is also a composer with a Ph.D. in music composition and was a writer-in-residence at Western University, Laurier University, Univerity of Toronto, McMaster University, Sheridan College, Hamilton Public Library, Hillfield Strathallan College, London Public Library, and Toronto Public Library.

  • EACH POEM IS STRANGE AND SURPRISING: Using translation, mistranslation, anecdote, and fables, and drawing often mischievous inspiration from YouTube, National Geographic, canonical poems, CanLit, science, slang, friendship, and Soviet children’s animations, The Most Charming Creatures addresses how the body and language mediate our experience of the world, both consoling and challenging us.


Audience



  • Contemporary poetry readers

  • CanLit poetry crowd and reviewers

The bestselling author of 26 books of fiction and poetry, Gary Barwin has won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, the Canadian Jewish Literary Award, and has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. He lives in Hamilton, ON.

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