Mary Dalton's fifth collection, Hooking, is a series of centos that, on one level, draw inspiration from a traditional Newfoundland craft. Like a hooked rug made up of strips of fabric cut from old clothes, the cento is stitched together from lines scissored out of other poems. Dalton's cento variants, however, range across continents and epochs, rummaging among poems contemporary and canonical in celebration of the recombinatory energies of language. As Dalton's lines hook together syntactically and emotionally, they create a striking music, by turns subtle, startling and dazzling.
About the author
Edited by Mary Dalton, Sean O'Brien, Chase Twichell, Niyi Osundare et al.
Mary Daltpon is the author of five books of poetry including Merrybegot winner of the 2005 E.J. Pratt Poetry Award. Her new collection Hooking was published Spring 2013. She is a Professor of English at Memorial University, St. John’s Newfoundland.
Sean O’Brien is a UK poet, critic, broadcaster, anthologist and editor. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University. His poetry collection November was shortlisted for the 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize and the 2012 International Griffin Poetry Prize.
Chase Twichell is the winner of the prestigious Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Award (2011) and the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award (1997). She has received numerous fellowships for her seven books of poetry.
Niyi Osundare Osundare is a Nigerian poet, playwright, essayist and scholar. He has authored 18 books of poetry. His many prizes include the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. He is currently Distinguished Professor of English at the University of New Orleans.
Praise for Hooking:
"Mary Dalton's extraordinary book uses the traditional rug-making craft of her native Newfoundland as a basic metaphor. " -Montreal Review of Books Praise for Mary Dalton:
"Make no mistake, these poems are beautifully made." -The Globe & Mail
"Dalton's craftsmanship is impeccable." -Books in Canada