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published: Nov 2000
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The Animal Library

by Jason Camlot

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list price: $13.95
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category: Poetry
published: Nov 2000
ISBN:9780919688629
publisher: DC Books
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The Animal Library marks the debut of a remarkable poet — a poet of the flesh, his own and that of the animals he has lived with all his life, whether real or imaginary. Jason Camlot's father was a furrier and he grew up in a world where, inevitably, "baby fur gets in your eyes" or in "your mouth." In dreams, the poet becomes a whale corpse "washed up/ on a very pale beach/ and hundreds of flies came,/ and people,/ to see the tusk,/ spun like coral glass." And as the boy grows up, images, at once curiously literal and yet surreal — images of being devoured or skinned alive — stay with him. The beauty of this collection is one of the mot juste, a concreteness and precision, coupled with a superb sense of rhythm.
— Marjorie Perloff

About the Author
Jason Camlot is professor in the Department of English at Concordia University.
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Contributor Notes

Jason Camlot is a Montreal-born poet and scholar. His first collection of poems, The Animal Library (DC Books, 2000) was nominated for the Quebec Writer's Federation A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. He has published a chapbook with illustrations by Canadian artist Betty Goodwin entitled, Lines Crossed Out (Delirium Press, 2005). Attention All Typewriters (DC Books, 2005) is his second collection of poems. He is a Professor of English at Concordia University in Montreal.

Editorial Reviews

"...Camlot's graphic exactness adds to the power of his vivid, animated images."
— Betty Goodwin
"...Camlot's style is rich and telling, taking us from smutty Chicago to ancient Greece, from the 19th century Decadents to modern biological polemics."
— Hour, 2001
"These poems are satisfyingly grisly and ornate, and funny in the sinister way that dreams are sometimes funny… Toe-curlingly delightful."
— Broken Pencil
"This work has Kafkaesque reverberations and a rich awareness of the evocative power of sight, sound and smell… and moves from the prehistoric to the present while displaying a strong sense of European myth and history intermingled with a heady eroticism."
— Rampike Magazine
"Rich in ideas and wit…unique and prodigious in its imagery."
—Books in Canada


“...Camlot’s graphic exactness adds to the power of his vivid, animated images.”

— Betty Goodwin

“...Camlot’s style is rich and telling, taking us from smutty Chicago to ancient Greece, from the 19th century Decadents to modern biological polemics.”

— Hour, 2001

“These poems are satisfyingly grisly and ornate, and funny in the sinister way that dreams are sometimes funny… Toe-curlingly delightful.”

– Broken Pencil

“This work has Kafkaesque reverberations and a rich awareness of the evocative power of sight, sound and smell… and moves from the prehistoric to the present while displaying a strong sense of European myth and history intermingled with a heady eroticism.”

— Rampike Magazine

“Rich in ideas and wit…unique and prodigious in its imagery.”

–Books in Canada

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