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Leigh Nash’s first full-length poetry collection is jammed with surprises and conundrums: lovesick whales, a mermaid Virgin Mary, pumpkins tossed from windows—a litany of strange and striking questions. The poems in Goodbye, Ukulele layer stark images that yield truths, lies, and what glimmers between. Blending crisp language, an often humorous absurdity, and a lush darkne ...more
Paperback, 65 pages
Published October 14th 2010 by Mansfield Press (first published September 14th 2010)
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Renee Pinkston
Excellent compilation of poetry that is rich with meaning both overt and covert. There are a total of 53 poems included in this book, however I had one that was my absolute favorite, titled ICU.

"little shipwrecks
bump against the hulls of other
wrecks, waiting to see whose lifeboat
will be the first to sink."

For me, I love the imagery that this poem evokes in my mind. After I read it, I could picture a big scary ocean that is at times, rough and at other times calm. Little ships float on it, at th
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Gary Barwin
Here are two short poems which I particularly like from Leigh Nash's excellent debut collection, Goodbye, Ukelele.

Linear A: Syllables slotted into weather-beaten tetherballs, hull-less ships docking in the dark.

Linear B: Hands cradle a common suffix: frozen deer drown in metre.


You can hear her keen ear for sound in the alliteration -- syllables slotted....weather-beaten tetherballs ...docking...dark and rhyme...weather/tether....dock/dark.

There's also a lovely play of vowels: for example liste
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Sherry Ward
I won this book on Goodreads and read it in one day. The poems make you think. Leigh Nash does a wonderful job of capturing the feelings and emotions of everyday life in her poetry. I will read and re-read her poetry and reflect on it many times I am sure
Amy Harris
*Great* first major collection by a young poet. The language and lines are simply wonderful and Nash hints at revelations that will presumably become more developed in her future work.
Dani Couture
Love this book.
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Leigh Nash is a graduate of the University of Guelph’s MFA in Creative Writing program. She is co-founder of The Emergency Response Unit, a chapbook press, and works as an ebook maker, bookkeeper and sled dog festival manager. Her work has appeared in various print and online literary journals. She lives in Marmora, Ontario in a very drafty farmhouse.
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