A Rhythm to Stand Beside
Price: $18.00Format: Trade Paperback
Size: 6.00" x 9.00"
Publication Date: Apr 01, 2013
POE011000 POETRY / Canadian
"In ‘Out where the anthropologists roam’ the narrator imagines himself an old man emptying his pockets ‘on a street corner, the years in/ little heaps on the sidewalk’ which people deliberately sidestep. They would do well to explore them, as would any reader of Hannan’s poetry. Read this book."
—The New Quarterly
A rhythm to stand beside is a varied collection, ranging from extended experiments in language ("A brush through a mathematical selection of G"), to a kind of magical lyricism in poems invoking luck and inspiration; from a rambling, cumulatively hilarious ode to Ontario, to poems of plain but searching emotional statement. Hannan has been working informally with a group of contemporary dancers, looking at ways to write poetry to accompany performances; he explores the idea in poems that form a thread running through this book.