The Porcupinity of the Stars (Paperback)
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The Porcupinity of the Stars (Paperback)

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Paperback 96 Pages / Published: 19/10/2006
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Winner of the 2011 Hamilton Literary Award for Poetry! In this much-anticipated new collection, poet and musician Gary Barwin both continues and extends the alchemical collision of language, imaginative flight and quiet beauty that have made him unique among contemporary poets. As the Utne Reader has noted, what makes this work 'so compelling is Barwin's balance of melancholy with wide-eyed wonder.' The Porcupinity of the Stars sees the always bemused and wistful poet reaching into new and deeper territory, addressing the joys and vagaries of perception in poems touching on family, loss, wonder, and the shifting, often perplexing nature of consciousness. His Heisenbergian sensibility honed to a fine edge, the poems in this bright, bold and intensely visual book add a surreptitious intensity and wry maturity to Barwin's trademark gifts for subtle humour, solemn delight, compassion, and invention.

Publisher: Coach House Books
ISBN: 9781552452356
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 141 g
Dimensions: 203 x 127 x 10 mm


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'Between the freaky, funny filmmaker Guy Maddin and author Gary Barwin, Canada is producing some of the most innovative creative works of our time.' -- Utne Reader 'Gary Barwin delivers surreal, parabolic, even mythic poems, the denseness of which opens up to sparkle with an alluring beauty, as in the image conjured by the book's title ... The poems in Porcupinity are the result of an unencumbered imagination, tinted by humour, intelligence and pathos.' -- Canadian Literature 'Barwin brings a delightfully refreshing reality to the page. He teaches us to see in new ways, even sometimes with the eyes of a child. In his world, words are building blocks. He uses them to erect monuments both to the mundane and to the maniacal.' Prairie Fire Review of Books 'Among contemporary poets, Barwin stands out as exceptional for his ability to plunder the synesthetic splendor of words. His poems seem to lift from the printed page and nosedive into other sensory dimensions. They are at once so spacious, intensely visual, and alert to sound that it's possible to become convinced words are endowed with flavors and smells--exotic, fragrant candies that stain the tongue with color.' -- ForeWord 'Few books of poetry in recent decades have so inventively and insightfully explored how intimately our existence is rooted in a foundation of both death and wonder.' -- Gabriel Gudding, author of Rhode Island Notebook 'Gary Barwin likes to drive language through the guard rails and into oncoming traffic.' -- Hamilton Spectator

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