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Courage Underground
Guernica Editions, Fall 2006
88 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781550712452
ISBN10: 1550712454
$12.00 Canada, $12.00 US

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The poems in Courage Underground burrow beneath the skin to examine the relationship between consciousness and body. They penetrate hidden emotions contained by vital organs; they enter the sensibilities of lower order creatures and characters of the mythic underworld. The journey elicits new perspectives on loss and alienation that are both hilarious and startling.
Don't condescend/ to call my last song tragic;/ don't sigh and say/ that nature is so extreme./ Hatched in a tree,/ I chose the ground/ and seventeen years a worm/ before I shed/ my larval skin and emerged,/ for all of a week,/ to sing and die.

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