In a darkly elegant collection of verse, Robert Moore examines his family, his future and cows. These poems border on noir, with the collection interspersing philosophy, sardonic wit and arresting imagery. From the "unlikely pair of cupcakes" that are his Mother's girlhood friends, to the philosophizing cows that end the book, this is a collection of unexpected turns, intricate verse and a strong, original voice.
Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, actor, director, playwright and editor Robert Moore is currently the Chair of the Deparment of Humanities and Languages at UNB Saint John. The author of a dozen plays, Figuring Ground is his third book of poetry.
"Moore's background in theatre is immediately evident; one often feels, in fact, that Figuring Ground is more of a one-man show with a cast of dozens than just a boring old book of poems." - Canadian Literature
"A variety of poems that satisfy at both an intellectual and an emotional level." - Journal of Canadian Poetry
"Opening a book of poetry by Robert Moore, you can expect a few things... all fluidly connected by wit and references that are urbane and accessible." - Telegraph-Journal