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Next Door to the Butcher Shop

Next Door to the Butcher Shop

Rodney DeCroo
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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.


 


Nightwood Editions
ISBN: 9780889713307
Paperback / softback
5.5 in x 8.0 in - 96 pp
Publication Date: 20170501
BISAC Subject(s):: POE011000-POETRY / Canadian / General,POE023000-POETRY / Subjects & Themes / General,POE000000-POETRY / General 
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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.


 

Details


Nightwood Editions
ISBN: 9780889713307
Paperback / softback
5.5 in x 8.0 in - 96 pp
Publication Date: 20170501
BISAC Subject(s):: POE011000-POETRY / Canadian / General,POE023000-POETRY / Subjects & Themes / General,POE000000-POETRY / General 
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