With English subtitles

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Gaspereau Press, Oct 1, 2004 - Poetry - 76 pages
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With English Subtitles is Carmine Starnino at his most inventive. The poems in this collection are exceptionally focused, musical and inviting. Household objects, Italian relatives, Yukon landscapes, worst-case scenarios and relationships are pushed onto the page with new-found urgency and delight. Here for the first time, Starnino has set aside the restraint of his earlier work in favour of a bold swagger and forthright musicality. Starnino's fascination with old objects is translated into poems that combine history and close scrutiny with lively personification and corresponding sound. These poems capture the true energy and anima of supposedly inanimate items. The aged suitcase exudes an air of hurry and persistence, "still champing to be off." The iron gives a "suspirating hush as it catches its breath." For each of these items, Starnino locates a pulse and charts the specifics of its breathing. Coupled with this energy is a focus on the process of decay and the beauty contained therein. Junkyard, charity auction, failed relationship and autumn all center on the varied and tenuous aesthetic of rust. The poems in this collection are sensual, abundant and rushing. Starnino builds towers of sound and rhythm, introducing all the whim and decadence of bygone days to modern pragmatics and speech. His inventive use of language and personable interruptions draw readers inside an understanding of the world that is both grounded and imaginative. The result is a watertight and satisfying collection: poetry that proves resoundingly that art and life depend on one another for inspiration. This book is a Smyth-sewn paperback with cover flaps. The text was typeset by Andrew Steeves in Octavian and printed on Rolland Zephyr Laid paper. The cover is hand-printed letterpress.

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Contents

The Kettle
9
Junkyard
10
Scarecrow
13
WorstCase Scenario Poems
14
Navigation
20
The Suitcase
23
On the Obsolescence of Caphone
25
The Winepress
30
At Hawthornden Castle
47
This is Your Mission
48
What I Mean When I Talk About Beauty
49
Yukon Postcards
50
Why?
60
The Wedding Dress
63
Song of the House Husband
64
Accident
65

Money
32
The Charity Auction
34
The Brief History of Lanterns
36
Six Riddles
38
Aci Trezza Italy
44
Homemade
46
The Last Days
67
One Month Later in Switzerland
69
Good to
72
One New Poem Not Much And All the While I Count Ten Hours Until You Come Home
73
Summons
74
Copyright

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