the pet radish, shrunken is up for the Lampman. Winning book is announced this fall. The three finalists are:
David Groulx, Wabigoon River Poems (Neyaashiinigmiing, ON: Kegedonce Press, 2015)
A ferocious, erudite collection centred around an unflinching epic poem, breathtaking in its wide-ranging look at oppression, revolution, and survival. Wabigoon River Poems draws upon Indigenous knowledge and traditions while pushing at the boundaries of what readers might expect Indigenous poetry to be. It is masterful, urgent, and devastatingly frank, a necessary synthesis of horror in an unrelentingly defiant and resilient voice.
N.W. Lea, Understander (Ottawa: Chaudiere Books, 2015)
In this brilliant book of compact lyrics, themes of alienation and fragility meet dark humour and hope. Part Baudelaire, part Bashō, Nicholas Lea’s precisely-focused poems examine the raw edges of being. Questions, equivocations and misdirections abound, as Understander walks with nervous aplomb along the edge of the abyss, but never falls in.
Pearl Pirie, the pet radish, shrunken (Toronto: BookThug, 2015)
Inventive, adventurous, humorous, and a lyric aperture onto the strange beauty of the quotidian, pet radish, shrunken is a delight to read. Unified in their unpredictability, these poems explore a range of forms and voices. Pirie rubs words until they spark and fume, turning the common into an uncommon blaze. Every line is joyful in its eccentricities, and eminently re-readable as it tumbles through language.
Buy the whole set.
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