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Crabwise to the Hounds

by (author) Jeramy Dodds

Publisher
Coach House Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2008
Category
Canadian, General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781552452059
    Publish Date
    Oct 2008
    List Price
    $16.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781770560345
    Publish Date
    Oct 2008
    List Price
    $9.99

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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 anelegance 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 abright 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.

About the author

Jeramy Dodds grew up in Orono, Ontario. He is the winner of the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award and the CBC Literary Award for poetry. His first collection of poems, Crabwise to the Hounds, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Gerald Lampert Award, and won the Trillium Book Award for poetry. He translated the Poetic Edda from Old Icelandic into English. He is a poetry editor at Coach House Books. He lives in Montreal.

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