This is an eagerly awaited collection of new poems from the author ofTom Thomson in Purgatory, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was hailed by theNew York Timesas a "snappy, entertaining book." A triumphant follow-up to that acclaimed debut,At Lake Scugogdemonstrates why the San Francisco Chroniclehas 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 faceoutward, 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 theinside," so that he can warn the world before "intruding on't."______
FromAt Lake Scugog:LOBSTERSTroy Jollimore
tend to cluster in prime numbers, sub-oceanic bundles of bug consciousnesssubmerged in waking slumber, plunged in pitsof murk-black water. They have coalesced
out of the pitch and grime and salt suspendedwithin that atmospheric gloom. Their skinis colorless below. But when exposedto 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 mindwhen one cracks that crisp shell and digs beneath.
Caress the toothy claw-edge of its pincerand you will know the single, simple thoughtthat populates its mind. The lobster trap is eleganceitself: one moving part: the thing that's caught.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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