eTextbook: At Lake Scugog: Poems

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    Author(s): Jollimore, Troy

    ISBN 10: 0691149429. See all ISBN's

    ISBN 13: 9780691149424


    Publisher: Princeton University Press

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    This is an eagerly awaited collection of new poems from the author of Tom Thomson in Purgatory, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was hailed by the New York Times as a "snappy, entertaining book." A triumphant follow-up to that acclaimed debut, At Lake Scugog demonstrates why the San Francisco Chronicle has called Troy Jollimore "a new and exciting voice in American poetry."

    Jollimore is a professional philosopher, and in witty and profound ways his formally playful poems dramatize philosophical subjects--especially the individual's relation to the larger world, and the permeable, constantly shifting border between "inner" and "outer." For instance, the speaker of "The Solipsist," suspecting that the entire world "lives inside of your skull," wonders "why / God would make ear and eye / to face outward, not in." And Tom Thomson--a character who also appeared in Jollimore's first book--finds himself journeying like an astronaut through the far reaches of the space that fills his head, an experience that prompts him to ask that a doorbell be installed "on the inside," so that he can warn the world before "intruding on't."

    From At Lake Scugog:

    Troy Jollimore

    tend to cluster in prime numbers, sub-
    oceanic bundles of bug consciousness
    submerged in waking slumber, plunged in pits
    of murk-black water. They have coalesced

    out of the pitch and grime and salt suspended
    within that atmospheric gloom. Their skin
    is colorless below. But when exposed
    to air, they start to radiate bright green,

    then, soon, a siren red that wails: I'm dead.
    The meat inside, though, is as white as teeth,
    or the hard-boiled egg that comes to mind
    when one cracks that crisp shell and digs beneath.

    Caress the toothy claw-edge of its pincer
    and you will know the single, simple thought
    that populates its mind. The lobster trap is elegance
    itself: one moving part: the thing that's caught.

    All ISBN's for this title:

    ISBN 10: 0691149429, ISBN 13: 9780691149424, eISBN 10: 1400838231, eISBN 13: 9781400838233

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