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- DescriptionMayor Sw is about both the abdication and acceptance of responsibilities and inheritance: be they civic, personal, poetic. It begins with speaker-less evocations of corrupt and oppressive political atmospheres and ends with first-person narrative tales of domestic life in Al Purdy's refurbished A-frame. All of these poems work in a shadow, be they forebears, tabloids, cultural markers or government watchdogs. In the opening and closing sequences, narrative devices act as smokescreens to abstract illustrations of power, with the central sequence reflecting on the subject of dislocation. Parody and paradox are closely intertwined throughout, with the authority of power disrupted through dark humour, unexpected images and the deep resonances existing in apparently incuous things: a well-worn (and literally powerless ) cabin, a baby daughter, a poem. The question of groundedness, whether literal, literary or familial, explores the terrain between the fearful and the familiar: Go outside. / Listen to dogs howl. // How do we live / without power?
- Author BiographyNick Thrans previous collection of poems, Earworm (Nightwood Editions, 2011), won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. His first collection, Every Inadequate Name (Insomniac Press, 2006), was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Born in Prince George, BC, Nick has lived and worked in various towns and cities across the country. He currently works as a poetry editor, and lives with his wife and daughter in Montreal.
- Author(s)Nick Thran
- PublisherNightwood Editions
- Date of Publication16/09/2015
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNightwood Editions
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight96 g
- Width140 mm
- Height205 mm
- Spine5 mm
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