Cover

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Title page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Foreword

Neil Besner

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p. vii

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, poetry in Canada—writing and publishing it, reading and thinking about it—finds itself in a strangely conflicted place.We have many strong poets continuing to produce exciting new work, and there is still a small audience for poetry; but increasingly...

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Biographical Note

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p. viii

Born May 9, 1951, in London, Ontario, Christopher Dewdney has published twelve books of poetry as well as two books of non-fiction on culture and technology. He has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award four times and has won first prize in the CBC Literary Competition for poetry...

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Introduction

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pp. ix-xviii

From the moment of its first publication, Christopher Dewdney’s poetry caused a ripple effect that spread rapidly across cultural borders. His perspectives incorporate artistic, scientific, ethno-anthropological, and digital aspects of culture. Dewdney has regularly used science and the function of human memory as his muses for writing. This aesthetic posture may arise from...

Trees

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pp. 1-1

The Owl

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pp. 2-2

Nightwalker

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pp. 3-3

Coelacanth

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pp. 4-4

Sol du Soleil

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pp. 5-5

In the Critical Half-Light

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pp. 6-6

In a Manner of Fact

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pp. 7-7

Into the Maelstrom

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pp. 8-8

August

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pp. 9-9

That Night at Lake Huron

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pp. 10-10

On Attaining Remote Control

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pp. 11-11

This Is of Two Worlds

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pp. 12-12

Poem Using Lines Spoken by Suzanne

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pp. 13-13

United

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pp. 14-14

Dreadlocks at the Helm

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pp. 15-15

Souvenir

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pp. 16-16

Human Consciousness

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pp. 17-17

The Immaculate Perception

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pp. 18-18

Metaphor Templates

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pp. 19-19

Homonyms as Linguistic Necker Cubes

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pp. 20-20

Depth Sounding, Lake Windermere

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pp. 21-21

The Owls

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pp. 22-22

Ten Typically Geological Suicides

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pp. 23-23

Halcyon July in Algoma

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pp. 24-24

Demon Pond

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pp. 25-26

The Lynx in the Rapids

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pp. 27-27

November

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pp. 28-29

Winter Solstice

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pp. 30-30

Winter Hawk

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pp. 31-31

The World Poem

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pp. 32-33

Hollow Wind, Empty Stars

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pp. 34-34

Seven Electrical Angels

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pp. 35-35

Gravid Lux

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pp. 36-37

Fitting the Language Prosthesis

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pp. 38-38

Language Acquisition Trauma

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pp. 39-40

Afterword: A Note on the Poems

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pp. 41-46

Bibliography

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pp. 47-51

Glossary

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pp. 52-60