In this Book

Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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Dennis Cooley, one of Canada’s most prominent poets, says writing becomes political when you play with certain kinds of voices. His poetry has been influenced and inspired by the prairies and other Canadian poets, but he insists on disturbing the formal poetic inheritance he esteems. His engagement with a variety of speaking voices asks that readers question authority and challenge institutional privilege. In By Word of Mouth, a collection from across his career, readers will discover how Cooley returns to the prairie vernacular and speaks to Canadian identity. Poetry, says Cooley, is about our time and our place.

Nicole Markotić’s introductory essay discusses how Dennis Cooley plays with poetic reference, inspires with syntactical surprises, parodies contemporary writing, and indulges in wild, celebratory puns. This book roams around Dennis Cooley’s poetical world and invites the reader to play along.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. p. vii
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  1. Biographical Note
  2. p. viii
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  1. Introduction: By Word of Mouth: An Introduction to Dennis Cooley’s Poetry
  2. p. ix
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  1. A Poem for You, Leaving Winnipeg
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. anaeurysm
  2. p. 3
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  1. “& we are skinbags of heated water dreaming”
  2. p. 4
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  1. in his tangerine skin
  2. p. 5
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  1. the love song of j l krafchenko or the trans canada in (trance crypt
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Sonya Orlowsky
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. Paul sd
  2. p. 10
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  1. Exorcism
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. I think “ego”; ergo I am
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. labiarinth
  2. p. 15
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  1. anatomy of love
  2. p. 16
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  1. prairie romance
  2. p. 17
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  1. behind the door
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. moon musings
  2. pp. 20-23
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  1. holy cow
  2. p. 24
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  1. inner ear
  2. p. 25
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  1. my eye
  2. p. 26
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  1. melodious rhyme
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. he replies to his critics
  2. p. 29
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  1. breathless
  2. p. 30
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  1. "In Germany cooley is a migrant labourer”
  2. p. 31
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  1. "Wished we had the camera for David”
  2. p. 32
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  1. winnipeg in winter
  2. p. 33
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  1. a series of shocking pre-positions
  2. p. 34
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  1. "mother tongue”
  2. p. 35
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  1. "this on remembrance weekend”
  2. p. 36
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  1. "bodies are”
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  1. jack’s dictionary of cunning linguists
  2. pp. 38-41
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  1. blood brothers
  2. p. 42
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  1. red men ace
  2. p. 43
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  1. echolalia
  2. p. 44
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  1. the red/emption of blood
  2. p. 45
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  1. “& not that he’s wrong”
  2. pp. 46-47
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  1. “& a crate of apples could i suppose”
  2. p. 48
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  1. “& listening to night sticky with sweat”
  2. p. 49
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  1. after words
  2. pp. 51-58
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  1. Selected Cooley Poems: Sources
  2. pp. 59-61
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