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When The Rapture Comes
1st edition
By (author): Max Layton
9781550716429 Paperback, B-format English POETRY / General Oct 01, 2012
$15.00 CAD
Out of print 5 x 8 x 0.27 in | 100 gr 75 pages Guernica Editions
In his first collection of poetry, Max Layton takes the post apocalypse to new heights. Satirical in places, full of longing and remorse in others, the poems (each beginning with "When the rapture comes ...") bring together memories of family, trips to fantasylands, and outrageous humour. Life, in other words, in all its varied colours and shapes  despite the shadow of when the rapture comes.

Born in Montreal in 1946, Max now lives in Cheltenham, Ontario. He is the singer-songwriter son of Irving Layton. He has worked at jobs ranging from a BC lumber camp to laying track in Saskatchewan, picking tobacco to apprentice car mechanic. Later, he owned a bookstore, managed a subsidiary of McClelland & Stewart and owned his own publishing house. This is his first collection of poetry.

"Max Layton believes that when the rapture comes there will be no light show of rhetoric, no linguistic highjinking around  no, in that singular moment of revelation, in the directly spoken language which is the way of Max Layton’s poems, the word will become flesh and the flesh will meet bone."  Barry Callaghan

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