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Poetry. These are poems of critical thought that have been influenced by old fiddle tunes. These are essays that are not out to persuade so much as ruminate, invite, accrue. Hall is a surruralist (rural and surreal), and a terroir-ist (township-specific regionalist). He offers memories of, and homages to--Margaret Laurence, Bronwen Wallace, Libby Scheier, and Daniel Jones, among others. He writes of the embarrassing process of becoming a poet, and of his push-pull relationship with the whole concept of home. His notorious 2004 chapbook essay "The Bad Sequence" is also included here, for a wider readership, at last. It has been revised. (Its teeth have been sharpened.) In this book, the line is the unit of composition; the reading is wide; the perspective personal: each take a give, and logic a drawback. In Fred Wah's phrase, what is offered here is "the music at the heart of thinking."
Publisher: Toronto : BookThug, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781897388815
Branch Call Number: C811.6 HAL 2011
Characteristics: 117 pages ; 21 cm


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Jun 29, 2012

Phil Hall welcomes us into his progress and process as a poet in a fascinating and often intimate fashion. He classifies this as a collection of essay-poems, but however you choose to receive it, Killdeer offers arresting storytelling.

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