Under the Keel

Under the Keel

Book - 2013
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Michael Crummey's first collection in a decade has something for everyone: Love and marriage and airport grief; how not to get laid in a Newfoundland mining town; total immersion baptism; the grand machinery of decay; migrant music and invisible crowns and mortifying engagements with babysitters; the transcendent properties of home brew. Whether charting the merciless complications of childhood, or the unpredictable consolations of middle age, these are poems of magic and ruin. Under the Keel affirms Crummey's place as one of our necessary writers.
Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi, 2013
ISBN: 9781770892699
Branch Call Number: 819.1 CRU NVD
Characteristics: 101 p. ; 22 cm

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andreareads
Jul 02, 2013

adults kept their distance / once they’d moved on to work / and marriage and kids of their own, / avoiding the constant allusion / to what idiots they were back / in the day, how stupidly happy

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andreareads
Jul 02, 2013

Juvenile humpback out for a joy-ride / . . . / Buzzing the yellow dory for kicks, / a lark on a grey morning, the cetacean / version of nicky nicky nine doors, / prank call from a briny phone booth, / strike God’s fear into the fool at the oars / and drive like hell, you can almost hear / the tires peal on pavement

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andreareads
Jul 02, 2013

I spent half me days / in drinking / and the other half / repenting of it - / like sculling out / to an empty trap / and home again, / all’s to show for your trip / is blisters

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andreareads
Jul 02, 2013

aphrodisiacs are for amateurs / with more time than common sense, / / who’ve yet to learn bliss is stolen / from the world in small, piercing slivers. / Think of stealth as foreplay / / in the prison yard of daily events, / sneak out of your clothes / as soon as the coast is clear - / the air raid siren of a youngster / crying is about to rise / through the bedroom floor

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SPL_Laura
Jun 05, 2013

As always, Michael Crummey delivers. Take the time to dive in and enjoy.

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