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Crabwise to the Hounds

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  59 ratings  ·  4 reviews
With cameos by jackalopes, Glenn Gould, homemade spaceships, and Carl Linnaeus, these poems are remarkable for their technical agility and their restless inventiveness. There’s an elegance here that matches Dodds’ impulse to challenge the reader with fresh metaphor and astonishing phrasing; the formal ambitions of many of the poems in Crabwise to the Hounds are balanced by ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published October 14th 2004 by Coach House Books
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I had a difficult time rating this book. The language is beautiful, specific and densely piled--sometimes so beautiful, specific and densely piled that I found it oppressive; however, I am a woman and I like to feel oppressed a lot of the time. Also, I am a libra and I like my beauty B-I-G. My advice: you need to relax and let it smother you.

This was a mixed bag for me. There were a few standout poems that I completely loved, especially the magical "The Easiest Way to Empty a Seashell Is to Place It on an Anthill" and the randomly adorable "Raccoon," but others really didn't grab me at all. Still a decent read overall though, and very quick to get through.
Marc Vincenz
A fabulous wasabi-infused carousel ride. Dizzy Evel Knievel poetic hat tricks
all the way through. One of the freshest poetic voices to emerge in a decade.
Highly recommended.
Megan C
Yup, yup, not bad. Like the Raccoon definition one quite a bit.
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Born in Ajax, Ontario, Jeramy Dodds grew up in Orono, Ontario. He studied English Literature and Anthropology at Trent University, and then decided to go overseas to the University of Icenland to specialize in Medieval Icelandic Studies. He is currently living in Reykjavik, Iceland.

He is well known for his poems, which have been translated into Finnish, French, Latvian, Swedish, German and Icelan
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