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A Nightwood Editions title, distributed by Harbour Publishing

ISBN 13: 978-0-88971-260-7
ISBN 10: 0-88971-260-3
5.5 x 8 - 72 pp
March 2011
CAD$18.95 • USD$18.95


"Side-stepping the more likely subjects, Thranís poems freewheel through a rangy lyricscape of our urban, cultural life, from Picasso to Jessica Rabbit, from the Smurfs to Barry Bonds. Sprawling, irrepressible, Earworm darts with wild control and energy, like a skateboard in a car park, taking the reader along on its engaging ride."
óDavid OíMeara

Winner: Trillium Book Award for Poetry (2012)

Book Description

Earworm, the second book from acclaimed poet Nick Thran, expertly combines wicked cleverness, adept craftsmanship and a uniquely insightful perspective in an entertaining yet substantial tour de force. Building on the success of his debut, Thran has enhanced his compelling pop culture rhythms and distinctive voice with bolder formal experimentation and greater poetic maturity.

This eclectic collection takes in topics ranging from cartoons to Caravaggio to cicadas, expressed in a comparable variety of poetic forms. Despite this diversity, the book is unified by its perfectly balanced blend of thoughtful observation laced with Thranís characteristically whimsical sense of humour.

Earworm is also interspersed with several poems inspired by works of art in a variety of media. Whether heís reinterpreting Picassoís Blue Period, encapsulating a moment from The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones, or lending a narrative to one of Dennis Oppenheimís conceptual sculptures, Thran is able to distill the essence of the original while adding a fresh twist.