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White Porcupine

by Phil Hall

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list price: $20.00
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published: Sep 2007
ISBN:9781897388105
publisher: Book*hug Press
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Two porcupines walk into a bar. No, wait. One porcupine walks into a bar. Well, actually, it's a poet. And he walks into a library. He opens books and shakes them until they look like porcupines dancing. He is looking for old photos to eat. He likes the salt taste of the chemicals. Chewing, he crawls oot. Toying with the confessional, Phil Hall's White Porcupine is a self-portrait of the artist from ages fifty to fifty-four. The creature of the title suggests (as in White Buffalo, White Whale, White Moose) the sacred primitive wild...though small...(a bit like poems); also, Death Itself (bugga-bugga); and snow rushing at the window of a moving car, years ago...tire-chains...fins; and greying hair, stubble chin; and honestly who doesn't bristle about getting old? and young St Sebastian, that doofus...naked, glowing, multi-skewered; and a black and white group photo outside a one room school house in winter...(there's mom!) each student a quill, with its name underneath. The punchline: White Porcupine is a long border-line-incomprehensible confessional poem about being miserable (oh boy!). Well, really it's about being a poet (even better!). Or, is it?

About the Author

Phil Hall won the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in English and the 2012 Trillium Book Award for his book of essay-poems Killdeer. His most recent publications are The Small Nouns Crying Faith (2013), Notes from Gethsemani (2014), and Essay on Legend (2014). He lives near Perth, Ontario.

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