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Ashland

by Gil Adamson

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published: Apr 2011
ISBN:9781770410152
publisher: ECW Press
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From Gil Adamson, author of The Outlander and Ridgerunner, nominated for the Giller Prize

Neogothicism, the surrealist snapshot, feminist Western and postmodern parable are just some of the elements that feed Gil Adamson’s second collection of poems. Adamson creates a world fully awash in violence and history, the absurdities of the frontier, the gorgeous terrors of death. Everything is simple, and yet nothing is as it seems.

Moving easily from prose poem to lyric, verbal portrait to improbable biography, Ashland leads us on a macabre tour of our nightmares, perverse secrets, and death-focused mythologies: “In the end we see ourselves. We last longer. The night opens its mouth, and we step in.”

The poems in Ashland lay the groundwork for Adamson’s award-winning and internationally bestselling fiction.

We look away from his open mouth,
look instead at the corn, the crows
floating above the river in their private worries.
Tonight, when we turn in,
the candle will sputter and blow.
Pinched out easily, all flame
gives way to this wide black wing.

— excerpt from “Black Wing”

 

About the Author

Gil Adamson

GIL ADAMSON is the critically acclaimed author of Ridgerunner, which won the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and was named a best book of the year by the Globe and Mail and the CBC. Her first novel, The Outlander, won the Dashiell Hammett Prize for Literary Excellence in Crime Writing, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the ReLit Award, and the Drummer General’s Award. It was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, CBC Canada Reads, and the Prix Femina in France; longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and chosen as a Globe and Mail and Washington Post Top 100 Book. She is also the author of a collection of linked stories, Help Me, Jacques Cousteau, and two poetry collections, Primitive and Ashland. She lives in Toronto.

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Gil Adamson is the author of the poetry collection Primitive, the short story collection Help Me, Jacques Costeau, and the novels The Outlander, which won the Hammett Prize and the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and Ridgerunner, which was nominated for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2020 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

 

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