The second collection from a young poet of uncommon talent:
this writer has an acute eye for, and an ear alert to, the music words can create.

This book brims with the intrigues of singular characters and uncommon insights into the complexity of human nature: a fame-obsessed, cartwheeling Karaoke King almost blows his one shot at true love; a misanthrope loses his only friend, a garden gnome; a wannabe mistress wanders home from her lover’s hotel room with her underwear in her pocket; a young girl recites an ode to "Dirty Donnie," the name she has given her constant companion, a cigarette.

A gift slipped through the diamond-eye

of chain-link fence, filterless, home-rolled

by Sacred Heart’s sexiest Metal Head.

Sucked to butt, pinked by lips glossed

Troublegum, I flicked you from my index

and my thumb. A schoolgirl trick, I watched

you arc in air, crash-burn on hoary ground....

–from Ode to Dirty Donnie, or Nic-Fit

Accessible and open, jaunty and energetic, these poems, while remarkably original, pay homage to poetic tradition: dramatic monologues rub shoulders with aubades and odes, all threaded with incantatory rhyme. Startlingly beautiful bursts of language make for a true cabinet of poetic curiosities.

Meaghan Strimas lives in Toronto where she works at Quill & Quire magazine and for the University of Guelph’s Creative Writing MFA program. Strimas is the editor of the critically acclaimed The Selected Gwendolyn MacEwen (a Globe and Mail "Top 100 Books of the Year"), and the author of a previous collection of poetry, Junkman’s Daughter. She was an author at Toronto’s International Festival of Authors in 2009.

A GOOD TIME HAD BY ALL - Meaghan Strimas
Poetry • 5.5x8.5 • 88 pages
978-1-55096-140-9
(tpb/laid paper) $18.95

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