Drift: Poems

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House of Anansi Press, 2005 - Poetry - 83 pages
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What are we thinking at any given moment? What happens to a thought as that moment, on its way to oblivion, collides with its successor?Rambunctious, witty, joyous, and bittersweet, drift is an investigation conducted by a truly unfettered imagination. In fluid, sparkling cadences, Kevin Connolly's poems let the mind's downtime have the stage for a change -- the desert sky transformed; Spring Break as viewed by passing skipjacks; narratives of danger and dream narrative; a meditation on the business end of a sea cucumber; figures of history disfigured and left to wander the consumer grid -- such are the entirely odd, entirely current events in Connolly's world, a realm that stands at an acute angle from the place we normally live in but which we all seem to drift into. As one of Connolly's own high-voltage sonnets states, "what stops the heart starts the world."In drift's constant juxtaposition of abundance and loneliness, we hear what it is to confront a new century, having quite likely failed during the last. We're reminded, by a voice unlike any other on the Canadian landscape, that our solitude is painful yet precious.

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Contents

About a Poem
1
Deep Thoughts and Important Feelings
14
The Gradualists
27
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Kevin Connolly is a poet, journalist, and editor. His poetry collection drift won the Trillium Poetry Award, and his collection Revolver was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and for the Trillium Award. Kevin lives on a cat farm in Toronto's east end with his partner, writer Gil Adamson.

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