Accessible and finely honed, as obsessed with the possibility of words as with emotion, this collection of poems mixes spit and sweat and flakes of lye to scar intricate and beautiful patterns in the shapes of animals, friends, and family. The dark moments of childhood contrast with the epiphanies and horrors of illness and death, all the while sex insinuates and asserts itself, leaving nothing untouched.
About the author
Paul Vermeersch is the author of three collections of poetry: The Fat Kid, Burn (a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award) and, most recently, Between the Walls. He is also the editor of the anthology The I.V. Lounge Reader. His next collection, The Reinvention of the Human Hand, is forthcoming in 2010. His poetry has been published widely in literary journals and magazines. He lives in Toronto, where he works as a teacher and serves as poetry editor for Insomniac Press. He is a long-time reader and admirer of the work of Al Purdy.