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Animal Husbandry Today

3.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  11 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
An accessible and illuminating debut collection that explores the arranged marriage of the bestial and humane Logic is strained, existence contracts and multiplies, connections amputate then graft in incongruous ways in Jamie Sharpe’s poems, which, like a funhouse mirror, reflect our own absurd image. Nancy Reagan promotes crab salad (which is to say, her husband); the cit ...more
Paperback, 106 pages
Published September 26th 2012 by ECW Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jan 11, 2016 Jaffa Kintigh rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, absurdist
This poet's debut collection works in many ways and shows the foundation for which his outstanding 2nd collection, Cut-up Apologetic , later built a strong voice of social commentary and anti-corporate critique. It's this sophomore collection to which I gave top poetry recognition in my blog's Best Reads of 2015.

Sharpe uses dry irony with self-deprecation to probe truth without overstaying his welcome in any particular scene. In "Two Trains," this self-commentary takes the form of a mangled mat
May 13, 2013 Emilie rated it it was amazing
An accessible collection; the collection weaves ideas of the contrast between what is organic and what is manufactured, struggles of self-image and personal importance with humor and frank commentary on living in "pop culture" (among other topics). The collection is not seamless by any means, but rather the bumps and jolts along the way become the unifying factor that ties this collection about the 21st-century human experience together. Smart.
Oct 29, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
I won a first reads copy of the book. It was a bit modern for my personal taste. I don't think I can really give a valuable recommendation of yes or no because it is so outside of my usual reading. I plan on putting it away for awhile and giving it a second read through later.

*****June 2013
Have begun another read through and will take my time

*****Oct 2013

It wasn't love at first read but sometimes I think some of the best treasures come from giving them a second look.
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Jamie Sharpe is the author of Animal Husbandry Today (ECW, 2012). He lives in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.
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