At Lake Scugog

At Lake Scugog

by Troy Jollimore
     
 

This is an eagerly awaited collection of new poems from the author of Tom Thomson in Purgatory, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was hailed by the New York Times as a "snappy, entertaining book." A triumphant follow-up to that acclaimed debut, At Lake Scugog demonstrates why the San Francisco Chronicle has called Troy

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This is an eagerly awaited collection of new poems from the author of Tom Thomson in Purgatory, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was hailed by the New York Times as a "snappy, entertaining book." A triumphant follow-up to that acclaimed debut, At Lake Scugog demonstrates why the San Francisco Chronicle has called Troy Jollimore "a new and exciting voice in American poetry."

Jollimore is a professional philosopher, and in witty and profound ways his formally playful poems dramatize philosophical subjects--especially the individual's relation to the larger world, and the permeable, constantly shifting border between "inner" and "outer." For instance, the speaker of "The Solipsist," suspecting that the entire world "lives inside of your skull," wonders "why / God would make ear and eye / to face outward, not in." And Tom Thomson--a character who also appeared in Jollimore's first book--finds himself journeying like an astronaut through the far reaches of the space that fills his head, an experience that prompts him to ask that a doorbell be installed "on the inside," so that he can warn the world before "intruding on't."

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From At Lake Scugog:

LOBSTERS

Troy Jollimore

tend to cluster in prime numbers, sub-

oceanic bundles of bug consciousness

submerged in waking slumber, plunged in pits

of murk-black water. They have coalesced

out of the pitch and grime and salt suspended

within that atmospheric gloom. Their skin

is colorless below. But when exposed

to air, they start to radiate bright green,

then, soon, a siren red that wails: I'm dead.

The meat inside, though, is as white as teeth,

or the hard-boiled egg that comes to mind

when one cracks that crisp shell and digs beneath.

Caress the toothy claw-edge of its pincer

and you will know the single, simple thought

that populates its mind. The lobster trap is elegance

itself: one moving part: the thing that's caught.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691149431
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/03/2011
Series:
Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


I: BURN BAG 1

The Solipsist 3

At Lake Scugog 5

Regret 7

Stain 9

Lobsters 10

Nostalgia 11

In the Lobby of the Chancellor Hotel 14

Meme, I, Self, and Eye 16

Ars Poetica 19

On Location 20

Love Poem 21

The Errand 22

II: TOM THOMSON IN FLIGHT 23

III: IMPERCEPTIBLY 41

IV: THE STARS, THE HIGHWAYS 55

Want 57

Gate 58

Free Rider 59

Two Hearts 62

Advisory 65

Organ Music 66

Workshop Poems 71

Promise 73

To His Lover 74

The Hunter 75

Remembered Summer 77

His Masters Voice 78

Acknowledgments 88

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