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Guernica Editions, Spring 2018
84 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771832472
ISBN10: 1771832479
$20.00 Canada, $20.00 US

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Like consists of fifty poems every one of which uses the word “like.” Like is about people and things Layton likes -- or, sometimes, dislikes. In these poems, Layton expresses a gamut of emotions, from the fear of death to the peaceful contentment of watching two nesting Canadian geese. However, “like” is more than an emotionally charged verb. It is also the basis of simile. It is by likening one thing to another that Layton finds meaning in ordinary things. Since all things are alike in some way, Like is a book of poetry about the underlying unity of all creation.
I like like because it links / The most unlikely things / I like mice, for instance / Because they are like / Tiny elephants / And I like elephants / Because their ears / Are like butterfly wings / Opening and closing like / The eyelids of my first girlfriend

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