Crabwise to the Hounds

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Coach House Books, Oct 14, 2004 - Poetry - 96 pages
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Winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Gerald Lampert Award.With cameos by jackalopes, Glenn Gould, homemade spaceships and Carl Linnaeus, these poems are remarkable for their technical agility and their restless inventiveness. There's an elegance here that matches Dodds' impulse to challenge the reader with fresh metaphor and astonishing phrasing; the formal ambitions of many of the poems in Crabwise to the Hounds are balanced by an inclination towards wordplay and a bright musicality. Humorous at times, yet always handled with consummate craft, these poems invoke historical figures like Hiram Bingham and Ho Chi Minh even as they traverse a poetic landscape that includes telephone-game-style translations, interpretive dance poems on historic paintings and carnivalesque jaunts into a natural world overrun with mules, Alsatians, lions, and motorcycle-sized-deer.

 

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A fabulous wasabi-infused carousel ride. Dizzy Evel Knievel poetic hat tricks all the way through. One of the freshest poetic voices to emerge in a decade. Highly recommended. Read full review

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This was a mixed bag for me. There were a few standout poems that I completely loved, especially the magical "The Easiest Way to Empty a Seashell Is to Place It on an Anthill" and the randomly ... Read full review

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Contents

DRY HEART
9
LIONS OF THE WORK WEEK
10
HEIMLICH
11
PROSTHETICS
12
ORONOLIAN REEL
14
THE SHOWER CAPER
16
MAKING SURE
17
SOUND ADVICE
18
CROWN LAND
38
THE WATER
40
GRACE E WINTERPUMPKINS WANT AD
41
PINUP
42
TWO RIDERS FOUR WEREWOLVES
43
PLANNING YOUR SEASCAPE
44
VENTRILOGUIST DUMMIES
46
HOIST POINT
47

BOOGA LOO
19
SQUARE GRAND PIANO CIRCA 1880
20
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARL LINNAEUS 300 YEARS OLD
21
SECOND GLANCE AT CORRAG
22
RABBIT
23
CREDIT THEME FROM THE RAG CASTLE HOTEL
24
THE CASUAL MATADOR
25
HIRAM BINGHAM
26
MOORHEN
27
VALDEMAR ATTERDAG RANSACKS VISBY AGAIN
28
THE OFFICIAL TRANSLATION OF NO CHI MINHS AUGUST 18TH 1966 TELEPHONE CALL
29
SABLE ISLAND CONCERTINA CIRCA 1887
32
BUGLE BALLAD OF A HOMESCHOOLED CHILD
34
DODGE DART
35
CONTRAPUNCTUS
36
P»RE JOSEPH AND THE BUSH CORD
37
THE EASIEST WAY TO EMPTY A SEASHELL IS TO PLACE IT ON AN ANTHILL
48
MYSELF THE ONLY KANGAROO AMONG THE BEAUTY
52
DICTAPHONE REEL OF GLENN GOULDS LAST GASP
53
DEPTH OF FIELD
54
RACCOON N
56
MODULATED TIMBRE AND CADENCE FOR BABY GRAND
57
THE EPILEPTIC ACUPUNCTURIST
58
SUNRISE WITH SEAMONSTER
59
NAPOLEON IN THE PLAGUE HOUSE AT JAFFA
60
A WINTER NIGHT
61
THE GIFT
62
GLENN GOULD NEGOTIATES THE DANURE IN THE COMPANY OF A RAVEN
63
NOTES AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
68
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
71
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Jeramy Dodds lives in Orono, Ontario. His poems have been translated into Finnish, French, Latvian, Swedish, German, and Icelandic. In 2007 he held a residency at the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators on the island of Gotland, Sweden. He is the winner of the 2006 Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award and the 2007 CBC Literary Award in poetry. He works as a research archaeologist and co-edits for littlefishcartpress.

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