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A Nightwood Editions title, distributed by Harbour Publishing

NOT YET PUBLISHED
ISBN 13: 978-0-88971-330-7
ISBN 10: 0-88971-330-8
Paperback
5.5 x 8 - 96 pp
May 2017
CAD$18.95 • USD$18.95

Next Door to the Butcher Shop

Book Description

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rodney DeCroo's second poetry collection, Next Door to the Butcher Shop, explores the permeability of memory and uncovers heart-wrenching beauty from shadowy grit.

How quickly age

descends on us. Our memories are maps

to places that don't exist. I was an emperor

on a green lawn wearing a white sheet

and a paper crown. The birds sang my praises

from the hedges and the trees

DeCroo unsentimentally recounts moments suffused with grief, longing and loss, and offers a refreshingly unfiltered view of one's self.

I'd stand for days along the edges of expressway

to sing off-key into the screams of semi-trailers and cars

until I stood within a cocoon of silence and flashing shadows

In a deft combination of lyrical and visceral imagery, Next Door to the Butcher Shop offers a rare, sharp, first-hand perspective of life around the edges, with dark comedy dispersed throughout.