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Jogging with the Great Ray Charles

by Kenneth Sherman

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published: Oct 2016
ISBN:9781770413443
publisher: ECW Press
imprint: ECW000
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A poetic masterclass from a writer at the height of his craft

Kenneth Sherman’s work has always displayed a vibrant lyricism, so it’s no surprise that his powerful new collection contains a number of poems with musical motifs. In such pieces as “Clarinet,” “Transistor Sister,” and the book’s titular poem, Sherman ponders our human transience while searching for “a voice to stand time’s test.” Sherman also confronts health concerns in a language that is Shaker-plain. The book concludes with the sombre, compassionate, and truly remarkable seven-part “Kingdom,” a meditation on the plight of the dispossessed.

In a Globe and Mail review of The Well: New and Selected Poems, Fraser Sutherland notes, “Sherman always seems to be listening to the voice of Canadian soil and landscape at the same time as he is attentive to the great European metaphysical theme of the soul in conflict with the world and time.” So it is with Jogging with the Great Ray Charles. Sherman has also included three brilliant translations of Yiddish poets that appeared in the Malahat Review’s “At Home in Translation” issue.

About the Author

Kenneth Sherman is the author of ten books of poetry and two collections of essays. His most recent books are the highly acclaimed long poem Black River (2007) and the award-winning book of essays What the Furies Bring (2009). He lives in Toronto, where he conducts poetry writing workshops.

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Kenneth Sherman has published ten books of poetry, including the highly acclaimed long poems Words for Elephant Man and Black River. He has published two collections of essays, Void and Voice and the award-winning What the Furies Bring. His most recent publication is the memoir Wait Time. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, where he conducts poetry-writing workshops.

Editorial Review

“Sherman’s poetry is simple and direct, while remaining intense and full of purpose, often telling a story rather than providing a simple sensual description of a person or place. He is comfortable with various poetry styles, and his straightforward manner results in a collection any reader can appreciate.” — Scene Magazine

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