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The Obvious Flap

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Poetry. Sometimes language, thoughts, and emotions are a fixed structure like a warehouse. Sometimes they are fog, waves, light, or music. This is LSE: Language as a second English. English as a grammar of ghosts. Words as the snowfall of ideas. THE OBVIOUS FLAP is a musical, poetic flux of recurring and recursive images that explore the luminous fringes of language. The ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by Book Thug (first published May 30th 2011)
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May 31, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry


the soft would
of lumber

the a of b
the 1 of 2
the men of you


the window's trust
the sleeping door

the air of
definite fire

braiding smoke
with 1 or 2
of my fingers
angles linger
grammar of augury of


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I am not chora, I don't want chora. Here in hedra, there is the
movement between the chora, like the lisp of seas beneath
continents. I rush from song to the next, holding my breath.

I'm not choral, keep my hedra below the clouds, space up my
sleeve. In this place, gravity dims, Pang
Jul 21, 2011 Stuart rated it really liked it
Shelves: canuckpo
This book is nuts. And I feel like allowing the poets their nutness. I've read it through twice and it is a trip through mutation, bad jokes, crazy puns, moments of stunning imagery, and absence that's as important as presence.
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GARY BARWIN is a writer, composer, multimedia artist, and educator and the author of nineteen books of poetry and fiction and books for both teens and kids. His work has been widely performed, broadcast, anthologized and published nationally and internationally, and has been commissioned by the CBC

Born in North Ireland of South African parents of Lithuanian Jewish grandparents, he has lived in Can
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