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Skinny-Dipping with the Muse
Guernica Editions, Spring 2014
115 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781550718430
ISBN10: 1550718436
$12.00 Canada, $12.00 US

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Grouped into four sections, the poems in this collection relate to the writer's experience of diving “into the destructive element” (in Joseph Conrad's words), naked, vulnerable, stripping off clothes, masks, and preconceptions in a process of connecting with the “creative spirit” in a way that is playful, loving, emotionally rich and wet, care-full, and spontaneous. These poems are conversations with the living, the dead, and the world itself.
I thought of you today, / your fear of falling / down, down, / out of bed, off the edge / of the known world -- "Snow Angel"

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