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Ashland

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?We look away from his open mouth, look instead at the corn, the crows floating above the river in their private worries. Tonight, when we turn in, the candle will sputter and blow. Pinched out easily, all flame gives way to this wide black wing. – excerpt from “Black Wing” The poems in Ashland, originally published by ECW in 2003, lay the groundwork for Adamson’s award-winning and internationally bestselling novel, The Outlander. Neogothicism, the surrealist snapshot, feminist Western and postmodern parable are...
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Overview


?We look away from his open mouth, look instead at the corn, the crows floating above the river in their private worries. Tonight, when we turn in, the candle will sputter and blow. Pinched out easily, all flame gives way to this wide black wing. – excerpt from “Black Wing” The poems in Ashland, originally published by ECW in 2003, lay the groundwork for Adamson’s award-winning and internationally bestselling novel, The Outlander. Neogothicism, the surrealist snapshot, feminist Western and postmodern parable are just some of the elements that feed Gil Adamson’s second collection of poems. Adamson creates a world fully awash in violence and history, the absurdities of the frontier, the gorgeous terrors of death. Everything is simple, and yet nothing is as it seems. Moving easily from prose poem to lyric, verbal portrait to improbable biography, Ashland leads us on a macabre tour of our nightmares, perverse secrets, and death-focused mythologies: “In the end we see ourselves. We last longer. The night opens its mouth, and we step in.”
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"Lean prose, full-bodied characterization, memorable settings, and scenes of hardship all lift this book above the pack."  —Publisher's Weekly on The Outlander

"Adamson cleverly integrates techniques of the adventure-suspense novel with a refined, often poetic style."  —Booklist on The Outlander

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770410152
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 100
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Gil Adamson is a poet and the author of "Help Me, Jacques Cousteau"; "Mulder, It's Me: The Gillian Anderson Files"; "The Outlander"; and "Primitive." She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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Vigil

The train was unable to stop until after the man named Verken was struck. Humming on its track of snow stars, it burst open the unhappy man, scraped up a new nightfall for us all.

Mrs. Dumont has slashed herself across her withered thigh. Two young people recently married are now indifferent to one another. The oldest trees on our main street are dying, all five together. Half the mines are closing due to extreme cold. The men cry over their starved

children, bludgeon their wives out of sheer pity, bury them in barrels and pillow cases.

No man or woman is so dear that Ashland will suffer for long or that the townspeople will be convinced to think as one. Vigil as you like, old age takes care of itself. Violence does the rest.

On Easter of last year, Mr. Verken’s mother died, followed by his

entire herd of cattle and a wife. He is survived by no one.

Brother and Me

It’s a mad day to run away from home, brother. Trees fall drunk in the orchard, heads swarming with bees. Finally, the river has slapped the fields away, so no harvest, no singing, the roads all gobbled up.

Down in the city, women shoot darts, fed up with their lives, or so we’re told. They drown men in the river, sleep in movie theatres, sing the same song over and over until someone gets murderous.

Today wind rushes the empty house, licks the dinner bell inside and out. We settle down to wait.

Our lives are not what we expected.

We eat little crisp buns under the awning and peep out at the sun, the big white fury booming around in heaven.

Burning Field

We’re waiting, eating bread and beer by the gate while, inside, he tears at her clothes, demands reckless things.

All day ash floats in the air, coming from the brushfire.

He’s broken down the barn door, waved the horse out into the burning field. He’s cut his arm open, shouting, “Look at it!” and we shuffle away, leave them to their drifting ship, pass a dry bit of meat from hand to hand.

Soon, he has exhausted himself, fallen asleep, and she comes out.

Her hands search our bodies, shaking with urgency. She moans, and

we hold ourselves still, hold our breath, look away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Primrosesong to belw

    Oh, i'll be there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Moonphase

    Disagree

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Riderwing

    Remember when firestar put graystripee in charge of the clan so he could go to skyclan???

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Shadowflight & Co

    Shadowflight: I think we should. I don't think we should wait for Sparrowstar. He is not active a lot, so why can't he be deputy instead? <br> Nightshade, Jaykit, Poppykit, Emberkit, Streakkit, Shadowkit, Flightkit, & Artickit agree.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Lilystripe

    "I agree. Sparrow star is my friend but he is not active." She nods

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Hawkmoon

    Seriously though. This will NOT be an active or popular clan if new members are solely kits. But as for the Sparrowstar thing..even when he gets the NOOK back he is not going to be one bit active......he should consider stepping down. Who knows how long the wait will be? We cant have Sparkfire do everything.....thats the leaders job. There are times when we need a leader handy. If we want this to be a "realistic clan" then we should have a leader ONLY doing the ceremonies. StarClan forbids any one else doing that, I am sure of it. Leaders should be active. I understand being grounded from time to time but...lets just say we should really consider a new leader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Ravenflight

    Where would we hunt?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Ripplepaw

    In agreeance with Riderwing. And deputy can lead ceremonies and whatnot when the leader is gone or sick.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    To primrosesong

    Yes, and camp moved to 'burning lights' resut 2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Sparkfire Annoucement (IMPORTANT!!!)

    The golden tabby jumped up onto highrock "All cat's old enough to hunt for themselves come before highrock." His amber gaze looked curious, and a little sad. "Lllywolf, a cat of HorseClan has come to us, they have decieded to make a group of four clans to be souly like the books, the only way to enter the clan is through kits being born in the clan. It is a way to ensure we are a realistic clan, as well as active." His right ear flicked a subtle trait of his to tell he was nervous "I want to say yes, but I am not Sparrowstar so I can't say a complete yes. So I wish for my clan to vote, if you wish to do this say so in your post." His right ear flicked again, "Sparrowstar may come back in a few days, or a for a few months. We can't go forever without a leader, as a clan we will give Sparrowstar until the end of Feb. to return, or I will travel to MoonStone, and recieve my nine lives."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Karma

    Licked a paw carefully and watched

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Stormdust

    Even though sparrowstar is my freind i agree with sparkfre we will give hi a little time and for the horseclan idea i agree but it will be difficult

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    JayFeather

    "I agree. Shes must have a ma<_>te and kits to be born into the clan." She mewd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Eaglestar

    Whatcha talkin bout?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Brokenstar

    Ummm should i have my warrior name or should i stay in my leader name?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Sandkit

    Mewes in hunger an only a day old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    A lost kitten

    Kittypet with twoleg coller marked "luna" walks in looking astonished at eeryone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    May i join

    As med cat? Spookyclaw

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Tigerjay

    She sighed at the inactive clan.

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