Outside, Inside

Outside, Inside

by Michael Penny
     
 

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"My best actions are a parrot's / bright feathers in the dark jungle / trying to catch your eye / with the colour and flight / which says, I am here / and trying to do what’s right." Do we make the universe, or does it make us? In Outside, Inside, Michael Penny positions each of us at the centre of this mystery, but lightens this presumption with irony and

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"My best actions are a parrot's / bright feathers in the dark jungle / trying to catch your eye / with the colour and flight / which says, I am here / and trying to do what’s right." Do we make the universe, or does it make us? In Outside, Inside, Michael Penny positions each of us at the centre of this mystery, but lightens this presumption with irony and word-play that is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. The three hundred short, linked poems in this collection begin with a complaint about the unknowability of what's outside and what's inside, but then shift to an engagement with the very nature of this outside/inside dichotomy. Penny then explores the many ways the question arises for us: through travel, wind, rain, signs, ladders, landscape, the sun, the moon, even parrot feathers, and, of course, in how we use words and find meaning in them. Ultimately, the poems ask whether we construct what's outside, or whether what's outside constructs us.

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"[Penny's] suite of 300 epigrammatic haikulike statements, confessions, observations, and self-conscious self-portraits ... work beautifully together. His book is a beautiful little structure handmade from tiny bricks, all the same size. It’s strongly built." George Fethering, The Georgia Straight

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773543485
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
02/13/2014
Series:
Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series , #28
Pages:
108
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.50(d)

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Meet the Author


Michael Penny has previously published four books of poetry, including Particles. He divides his time between Bowen Island and Edmonton, where he is director of policy for the Law Society of Alberta.

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