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Book Title: Uproar's Your Only Music: New Poems/Memoir|
The size of the: 4.61 MB
Edition: Exile Editions
Date of issue: November 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9781550966077
The author of the book: Brian Brett
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:In the Mindanao Deep
there are fish designed
to hunt prey larger than themselves.
They snatch their victims
by the belly, break them
in two, fold them over
and swallow them whole.
This reminds me of my first wife.
But I wouldn't wish her cruel
returns for all her adventures,
not leeches on her body,
or chemotherapy hair,
nothing as wild and ugly as that.
No, I offer her my good love,
and good hunting too, swimming
down there in her dark waters.
- In the Mindanao Deep, pg. 87
* * *
After midnight the fire blazed
beside the pond, reflecting
the moon-tinted water lilies.
We were shadows perched on rocks,
tending our oysters steaming in their shells,
slathering them with butter, garlic, herbs.
The feast, good friends, drink, laughter;
unlike the body, the memory never ages.
- Thirty Years Beyond Midnight, pg. 99
* * *
The orange tent on a snow ridge. I return often
to those years away from the city. The tumult -
it sends me there - the jarring hum of shopping malls,
the shouts and clangs, the unceasing electricity.
It was a moony night above the black basalt cliff, the river
of the glacier below sending its fingers into the horizon.
Behind me another glacier unrolled over the mountain.
There wasn't a tree in sight, and the cold soaked
into my bones until I became still, and the wind died
and the air filled with such unutterable calm
that I began to grow scared, paralyzed,
listening to the silent noise of the world.
- Glacial Memories, pg. 131
Read information about the authorBrian Brett, former chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada and a journalist for four decades, is best known as a poet, memoir writer, and fictionist. He is the author of twelve books including the poetry collection, “The Colour Of Bones In A Stream,” and the novel, “Coyote: A Mystery.” His memoir, “Uproar’s Your Only Music,” was a Globe and Mail’s Book Of The Year selection by Ronald Wright: “The most exciting Canadian book I’ve read all year. ” His best-seller, “Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life,” won numerous prizes, including the Writers’ Trust annual award for best Canadian non-fiction book. His new poems: “To Your Scattered Bodies Go” won the CBC poetry prize in 2011. A collection of poems and prose poems about an endangered watershed in the near-arctic, “The Wind River Variations” has just been released. He is currently completing the third of a trilogy of memoirs, “Tuco And The Scattershot World: A Life With Birds.”
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