Be Calm, Honey

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In his first book since the Griffin-shortlisted Why Are You So Sad?, David W. McFadden offers up a gross of sonnets that display his trademark wit, mischief, curiosity, and quirky wisdom. A tour de force of compression, these brief poems ? as full and satisfying as his longer narrative works ? explore politics, religion, love, and poetry itself, with cameo appearances by Charles Bukowski, Jesus Christ, George Bowering, and Junichiro Tanizaki. Be Calm, Honey is at once deeply humanistic, poignant, and funny as ...
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Overview

In his first book since the Griffin-shortlisted Why Are You So Sad?, David W. McFadden offers up a gross of sonnets that display his trademark wit, mischief, curiosity, and quirky wisdom. A tour de force of compression, these brief poems — as full and satisfying as his longer narrative works — explore politics, religion, love, and poetry itself, with cameo appearances by Charles Bukowski, Jesus Christ, George Bowering, and Junichiro Tanizaki. Be Calm, Honey is at once deeply humanistic, poignant, and funny as hell, plainspoken, philosophical, and outrageous. Now into his fifth decade of writing, McFadden shows us what it is to live a life devoted to poetry.
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“Mid-life, for poets – like anyone else – is a time of existential crisis. The deaths have started to pile up; the poet begins to rehearse his own. For some poets this means elegies and admonitions. But Corrado Paina writes directly to the dead, not about them: in his poems they share space with the living. And his response to his own mortality is not lectures but love poetry: to those same dead, who include friends and parents, and to his very much alive children and wife. And, as always, he writes letters to his city. An eloquent social critic and satirist, he has painted the city visceral red, orange, and purple. Now he adds green, the colour of tenderness. Corrado Paina’s poems are as passionate, funny, angry and bawdy as ever; middle age has hardly pacified him, instead he’s intensified his palette with a note of sweetness.” (Diana Fitzgerald Bryden)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781894469388
  • Publisher: Mansfield Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.85 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David McFadden worked as reporter for the Hamilton Spectator before founding his own literary magazine, Mountain. With Greg Curnoe, he wrote The Great Canadian Sonnet (Coach House Books, 2001). McFadden was the writer-in-residence at Simon Fraser University in 1979 and instructor in the writing program of David Thompson University Centre in Nelson, B.C. 1979-82. In addition to poetry, McFadden writes quirky, adventure travel books like An Innocent in Scotland: More Curious Rambles and Singular Encounters (Random House, 1995).

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