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- DescriptionThis is the third book of poetry and first collection of occasional poems by the author of the 2007 Globe 100 book, Muybridge's Horse: Goverr General and Trillium Awards minee, Rob Winger. Driven by an attempt to understand how to reorder common experience, the book's transitional sections -- Set , Re/Set , and Lect -- all intertwine and overlap, thematically and intuitively linked by the extensive range and depth of Winger's poetics. While each section is discrete, each is also in harmony with its neighbours. The Re/set sections revive cliches of Canadian lyricism -- landscape and maple syrup, Icarus falling and human-rights rhetoric, war and ancestral migration, death, love, and disease -- t only to critique but also to validate the experiential urgency of poetic reflection, while the Set sections harness Winger's vernacular voice in a struggle for self-definition against powerfully pedestrian political and ecomic systems . They signed Yu Darvish without seeing his fork , Winger writes in one poem. They signed their books without looking up at us / They gave you fries with that without even asking . Such a balance of agency and inaction is also central in Old Hat's final section, Lect , a simmering simulation of grad-school jargon, sailor slang, plumbing termilogy, and GPS directives that exposes the limitations of esoteric linguistic ontologies by moving from general observations to those of increasingly expert understanding. While rich with advice to Keep your personal longings with you at all times , Old Hat is also generous, incisive, boisterous, and funny, a book about place, but also about understanding and situation. Spoken through cliches, vernacular, and jargon, Old Hat is just as familiar as it is odd, just as comforting as disquieting, an exceptional meditation on what it means to think about writing.
- Author BiographyRob Winger grew up in small-town Ontario. His first book, Muybridges Horse, was named a Globe and Mail Best Book for 2007, and was shortlisted for the Governor Generals Award, Ottawa Book Award and Trillium Book Award for Poetry. An active editor and teacher, Rob completed a PhD in literature and cultural studies in Ottawa. His second collection of poetry, a book of ghazals, was The Chimney Stone. Rob lives in the hills northeast of Toronto, where he teaches English at Trent University. Visit Rob's website at http://www.robwinger.blogspot.com/
- Author(s)Rob Winger
- PublisherNightwood Editions
- Date of Publication01/03/2014
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNightwood Editions
- Weight124 g
- Width140 mm
- Height205 mm
- Spine8 mm
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