It is hard to think of another book like Un. Reading it is like bouncing on a moral, intellectual, and linguistic trampoline.This astonishing sequence begins with a countdown that takes us not to zero, but to un. Lee is surveying the catastrophic new reality we have made of our planet. But pushing way past the mimetic, he plunges into language itself with shovel and pick-axe, digging up free-standing prefixes, syllables, roots, in a struggle to articulate what we can scarcely bear to think.
This untology is at once a lament for our squandered earth, a wake-up call, a dramatic poetic departure, and a song of despair, streaked with craggy hope. Lee's exploration turns play into prayer -- perhaps the only kind of prayer the contemporary world permits.
About the author
DENNIS LEE, Toronto’s first Poet Laureate and song lyricist for Fraggle Rock, is the author of enduringly popular children’s collections such as Alligator Pie, Garbage Delight, Jelly Belly, Bubblegum Delicious and The Ice Cream Store. He has received many honours, including the Vicky Metcalf Award for his body of work, and is also an acclaimed poet for adults. His poetry is anthologized and read aroUnd the world. He lives in Toronto.
JEREMY TANKARD was born in Cape Town, South Africa, but left at the age of five for a new life in the United States and then Canada. After attending the Alberta College of Art and Design, he worked as a graphic designer and typesetter before embarking on a career in illustration. His artwork has appeared in major publications such as Time Magazine and The New York Times, and his picture books—including Grumpy Bird, Boo Hoo Bird, Me Hungry!, Piggy Bunny, It’s a Tiger, and Here Comes Destructosaurus!—are hugely popular and widely acclaimed.