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Miscreations: Poems

Miscreations: Poems

by Grant Loveys

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Winner of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts & Letters Award and the Cuffer Prize for Fiction

Miscreations, the second collection by Grant Loveys, mulls over the metaphorical concept of miscreation — how people, objects, and relationships are imperfectly designed by their various creators — through the use of direct, visceral language, and frank, sometimes shocking, imagery.

Unconcerned with aesthetic imperfections, Miscreations focuses instead on how people and situations can be created from unstable, often opposing, elements and examines how these people and situations manage to survive. This is poetry that looks beyond a misprinted shirt and deep into the person wearing it . . . beyond empty memes and Instagram platitudes and into the complicated, flawed and searching human readers who navigate a world that is often at odds with itself.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781773055060
Publisher: ECW Press
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 88
File size: 907 KB

About the Author

Grant Loveys’s Our Gleaming Bones Unrobed was The Globe and Mail Readers’ Pick for the best poetry collection of 2012. He lives in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador.

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At midnight the shopping mall is dark

except for one glass walled porch

lit with mortuary fluorescence.

Inside two drunks pirouette

with a cardboard woman.

Their dilated shadows stretch

like columns of smoke

over the parking lot.

I interrupt their dance --

one drunk removes his hand from

a cardboard breast.

They have bent her head back with kisses.

It flops crudely between her corrugated shoulderblades,

between the two points where

wings would have burst from her back

had she been an angel.

In the morning, the sun unfurls

over the shopping mall

and a woman’s cardboard head

rises from the gutter, caught

in the wake of a passing bus --

a spirit radiant and lost

and looking for a host.

Table of Contents

Little Plastic Heart 11

Entropy 12

Shave and a Haircut 14

Mongrel in a Car Park 15

Elsewhere 17

Genital Hegemony 18

Two Scenes from a Bus Strike 20

Is It Summer Where You Are? 22

Digging a Hole 24

Distractions 25

The Apothecary 27

Magpies 28

Parenthood 30

Louder 31

Midden 33

In This Song Sings the Light 34

Deposit and Withdrawal 36

Freeze and Pixeliate 37

Minus Pills 38

San Juan, Docked 39

Us Crowd 41

Talk to Me 43

L'esprit de L'escalier 44

Dogs 46

The Moth and the Porchlight 48

Scapegoat 50

The Matador Reads Aloud 52

Old Black Earth 53

Calgary 55

Psalm for the Hanged Man 56

Crime Scene Photographer 57

More Grain Moving than the Wind Can Push 59

Delivery 60

Food Chain 62

Tom Toad Redux 64

The Other Side 66

Another Piece of Your Heart 68

What the Doctor Learned of Love 70

A Little Death 71

Newfoundland Wind 73

North Dakota Wind 75

Ticket to Anywhere 76

Letters Left Out 77

Finding Family 79

Oracle 81

Why We Hurt Most on the Day Before 82

Acknowledgements 85

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