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There, there

by (author) Patrick Warner

Vehicule Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2005
General, Canadian
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    Mar 2005
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The pithy and pensive poems in Patrick Warner's highly entertaining second collection, There, there, strike at subjects such as exile, snow, pigs, mud trout, Mormons, bakers, children, hotels, insurance companies and marriage to explore the often poignant struggle between what we say and what we mean. Warner's poems play off the surface tension that separates words from the world, creating verbal splashes that rise out of our subconscious understanding of language. Sometimes surreal in mood and always surprising in their discoveries, these poems leave the reader looking at a world more strange than they could have imagined.
Includes the poems "Capelin" and "Tortoise at Toronto Zoo", the 2002 and 2004 winners of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Award.

About the author

In 2007, Patrick Warner won the E.J. Pratt Poetry Prize Award for his collection, There, there. His first collection of poetry, All Manner of Misunderstanding, was nominated for the 2002 Atlantic Poetry Prize and for the 2003 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards. His work has been published in TickleAce, The Fiddlehead, Matrix, Signal, the Sunday Telegram (St. John's), Poetry Ireland Review, and Metre (Ireland). He lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Patrick Warner:
"Ambitious and gutsy poems...An exceptional book in its reach and its accomplishment." --Tickleace

"Warner's verses are exquisitely musical, yet his poems are conceived with rare sophistication. All Manner of Misunderstanding is a startlingly accomplished debut." --The Fiddlehead

"Thought-provoking, densely textured verse... nicely poised between its colloquial diction and its taut, carefully measured lines." --Poetry Ireland

"Warner is a poet not only of the senses but of great leaps of the imagination." --Sunday Independent

"A daring willingness to experiment with images and ideas." --Pottersfield Portfolio

"An accomplished poet." --Books in Canada

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