A Lovely Gutting

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Feb 21, 2012 - Poetry - 86 pages
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A Lovely Gutting echoes with the music of traditional nature poetry, but its romantic style is ripped by rawness. These poems - enraged and erotic, tormented and tender - swirl around the pain of personal loss, ebbing and surging like the North Atlantic. Durnford pictures a Newfoundland not found in postcards. Her verse roams an island only half-wild, a ramshackle world of crumbling outports and post-industrial landscapes. In one town, the site of a former US Air Force base, stands a crumbling theatre of "piss-stained crushed velvet seats," the ghost of Mae West still lingering. The ocean no longer spits up cod but the view is strangely sublime. A startling collection from a talented new voice in Canadian poetry, A Lovely Gutting splits open the guts of grief. It is an unflinching meditation on the loss of a culture and a father and on the struggle to preserve and honour what remains.
 

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Contents

APOCRYPHA
3
FOSSIL RECORD
4
LAPSARIAN
5
PORT AU PORT
6
WILD LUPINS
7
TUCKAMORE
8
AFTER THE WRECK
9
EASTER EGG
14
GOON
43
SEA PUNKS
44
WIRELESS ON SIGNAL HILL
46
REPLY TO A FOOTNOTE
50
GUTENBERGS GRAVE
52
HISTORY OF WRITING
53
THE PROSTHETIST
55
SCREENSCRAWLING
56

WAKE
15
POLAROID CA 1974
16
THE END WENT LIKE THIS
17
TAKING LEAVE
18
THE CROSSING
19
BARACHOIS
20
FAWN
21
CAPLIN
22
SLUB
23
CULDESAC
24
SCRAP OF CODLAND HISTORY
25
DAD
26
RECIPE FOR POACHED COD
27
GLUTTONY
28
LAST SUPPER
29
MY MOTHER EATS BAKEAPPLES
30
DAMSONS
31
JELLY FISH
32
JUNE BUGS
33
NATIVITY SCENE
34
THE ARCHES
36
SOME SHOCK
38
GUY FAWKES NIGHT
39
WHAT THE AMERICANS LEFT
40
OLD RUNWAY
41
DUMPED
42
ICU
57
THE STARRY NIGHT
59
THE WATER ROOMS
60
FISHING
62
A LOVELY GUTTING
63
SITTING
64
STOCK WELL STATION
65
NOT PARIS
66
GREAT BLUE HERON
68
FOG
69
SURGE
70
PARKERS COVE
71
DRIVEBY DAR WINISM
72
WALKING
73
VAGABOND
74
CERTAINTY
75
TWIGS
76
DOWN THE BEACH
77
BROKEN OFF INDIAN HEAD
79
STILL BORN
81
MISBEGOTTEN
82
GRAVESIDE
84
NOTES
85
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
87
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Robin Durnford has published poetry and prose in several Canadian literary magazines, including The Antigonish Review, Grain, Vallum, The Nashwaak Review, and CV2. This is her first collection of poetry.

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