At Lake Scugog: poems by Troy Jollimore

By Troy Jollimore

This can be an eagerly awaited choice of new poems from the writer of Tom Thomson in Purgatory, which received the nationwide ebook Critics Circle Award and was once hailed by way of the recent York occasions as a "snappy, unique book." A victorious follow-up to that acclaimed debut, At Lake Scugog demonstrates why the San Francisco Chronicle has referred to as Troy Jollimore "a new and fascinating voice in American poetry."

Jollimore is a certified thinker, and in witty and profound methods his officially playful poems dramatize philosophical subjects--especially the individual’s relation to the bigger international, and the permeable, regularly transferring border among "inner" and "outer." for example, the speaker of "The Solipsist," suspecting that the total international "lives within your skull," wonders "why / God might make ear and eye / to stand outward, now not in." And Tom Thomson--a personality who additionally seemed in Jollimore’s first book--finds himself touring like an astronaut during the a long way reaches of the gap that fills his head, an adventure that activates him to invite doorbell be put in "on the inside," in order that he can warn the area earlier than "intruding on’t."

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30 Tom Thomson in Limbo (5) Ergo, his ego. Sadly, he and it have been at cross-purposes for a while. That gentle I’ll see you this evening smile and absent-minded but affectionate peck on the check it would lightly bestow on him as it was heading out the door each morning are now, sad to say, no more: often, these days, he doesn’t even know if it’s still home, or left some time ago. m. rolls around. He’s just getting started drafting his list of reasons not to start any substantial thing. Cogito ergo sum.

So I told her that I would stand on the spot of earth where I’d been rejected and each night she would hear my demand until she recanted, and accepted. For three nights I shivered as the constellations wheeled about my head, and I repeated my offer. Finally, on the third night, her father put his arm around me and brought me to the kitchen. We drank scotch. He told me she would not change her decision. He gave me his second daughter as a consolation. 22 II TOM THOMSON IN FLIGHT Kent: Give me thy hand.

26 Tom Thomson in Tumult Regretting his regrets, ashamed of his shame, mortified by his perpetual mortification, Tom hangs a mendacious shingle—away on vacation— and draws the shades. Having only his good name, which no one can recall, to provide him with shelter, he feels too naked and soft to step outside. If he could feel proud of himself, he’d take pride in his pride— but no such luck. His history is a welter of failures to act when he should have acted and, worse, failures to fail to act when he should have kept still.

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