Self-Defence for the Brave and Happy: Poems

Self-Defence for the Brave and Happy: Poems

by Paul Vermeersch

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Overview

It is the Third Millennium. The 20th century is a memory. Humans no longer walk on the moon. Passenger planes no longer fly at supersonic speeds. Disinformation overwhelms the legitimate news. The signs of our civilization’s demise are all around us, but hope is not lost. In these poems, you will find a map through our dystopia and protection from all manner of monsters, both natural and human made. Only the products of our imaginations — buildings and movies, daydreams and wondrous machines — can show us how to transform our lives. Self-Defence for the Brave and Happy is a survival guide for the Dark Age that lies ahead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770412231
Publisher: ECW Press
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Paul Vermeersch is a poet, professor, artist, and editor. The author of five previous collections of poetry, including The Reinvention of the Human Hand, a finalist for the Trillium Book Award, and Don’t Let It End Like This Tell Them I Said Something, he teaches in the Creative Writing & Publishing program at Sheridan College and is senior editor at Wolsak and Wynn Publishers where he runs the Buckrider Books imprint. He lives in Toronto.

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CHAPTER 1

The Country of Previous Enthusiasms

The Country of Previous Enthusiasms
Don't Wait for the Woodsman

Grendel's Mother

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Table of Contents

  • 1: The Country of Previous Enthusiasms
    • The Country of Previous Enthusiasms
    • Without Architecture
    • Without Agriculture
    • Without Transportation
    • We Were the Sentinels
    • The Thought that Counts
    • The Used Future
    • The Imaginary World Is Preparing for a Revolution
    • The Prophets Want to Know If they Were Close


  • 2: Don’t Wait for the Woodsman
    • Grendel’s Mother
    • The Modern Novel
    • The Wilhelm Scream
    • The Vanishing Point
    • Liberty Warning Series #1
    • The Modernist Canon
    • Tinnitus
    • Don’t Wait for the Woodsman


  • 3: Nu——-Rhymes for Nuclear Children
    • Doctor Doctor Oppenheimer
    • Hide Away, Anne
    • Enola Gay
    • Jack’s Car
    • Neil Flew to the Moon
    • First Centaur In Space
    • America Has Everything
    • Hush


  • 4: Self-Defence for the Brave and Happy
    • On Being Wrong
    • Bad at Flowers
    • Immortality
    • Liberty Warning Series #2
    • Blue Lobster
    • Standing in Front of Antlers Mounted on a Wall so It Looks like They’re Growing from Your Head
    • The Failure of the Human Body as an Art Form
    • Self-Defence for the Brave and Happy


  • 5: Extinction Schedule
    • The Buzzing Is Incessant
    • Motel
    • Detroit
    • There Sure Are a Lot of Sirens Tonight
    • Long Pig
    • Ideal Workforce, Fig. 1
    • The World Is so Difficult to Give Up
    • Extinction Schedule
    • The Birthday Chamber


  • 6: Leviathan
    • The Animals We Imagine
    • My Friend Can Imitate Pretty Much Anything
    • The Monument
    • Liberty Warning Series #3
    • Repeat After Me
    • The Constellationification Effect
    • How to Protect Yourself from Monsters
    • Leviathan


  • Notes
  • Acknowledgements

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joseph_spucklerJS More than 1 year ago
Self-Defence for the Brave and Happy: Poems by Paul Vermeersch is the poet's sixth collection of published poetry. Vermeersch is a poet, professor, artist, and editor. He is the author of several poetry collections, including the Trillium–award nominated The Reinvention of the Human Hand and Don't Let It End Like This Tell Them I Said Something. Self-Defence for the Brave and Happy begins with the paranoia of the 1950s science fiction movie. The opening poem reads like a Soviet view of 1950s America. The poems move to a world without modern technology like transportation and architecture and into computer prompted poems. Radioact follows up with interesting but random poems. Nursery Rhymes for Nuclear Children continues the 1950s paranoia with redacted nursery rhymes like Doctor Doctor Oppenheimer and Hush: Hush, little planet, nothing to fear. Papa’s gonna buy you an atmosphere. And if that atmosphere has costs, Papa’s gonna buy you a holocaust. The collection continues on with a mix of humor and an undercurrent of fear. This is a fun, sometimes campy, and nostalgic look at the world we once knew.