In his third book of poems, Mark Halliday grapples with the endless struggle between self-concern and awareness of the rights of others. Through humor, ironic twists, and refreshing candor, these poems confront a variety of situations—death, divorce, artistic egotism and envy, personal relationships—where the very idea of self is under siege.
"If Selfwolf were a pop music CD, it would be hailed as Mark Halliday's breakthrough album. . . . This third collection of poems teems with unsparing confessions of misdirected lust, lost faith, regret and a winningly goofy cheerfulness in the face of all that bad stuff. . . . The informal, conversational quality of Halliday's work almost hides its artfulness, which seems to be precisely his intention."—Ken Tucker, New York Times Book Review
"With unflinching, often comic honesty about how 'ego-fetid, hostile, grasping' we are, Halliday exposes the self's wolfish hungers and weaknesses."—Andrew Epstein, Boston Review
"Mark Halliday's new book offers more of his trademark riffs on self-consciousness. His subversive, surprising, hugely enjoyable poems will make you laugh out loud, squirm in uncomfortable recognition, and appreciate anew the comedy of our daily battles for self-preservation. . . reading Halliday is pure delight. . . . I love the daring and intelligence with which Halliday skates along the shifting boundary between self within and world outside. Selfwolf slows down our habitual negotiations between 'in here' and 'out there,' exposing the edgy comedy of how we survive."—Damaris Moore, Express Books
About the Author
Mark Halliday is distinguished professor of English at Ohio University.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
Miles of Night
The Case against Mist
Removal Service Request
Soul on Bench
Fear of Concrete
Ballad of Little Millard
Poetry Friendship on Earth
The Ivory Novel
Novelists of 2007
Eighth Avenue Incident
Sci-fi Floater Genius
After the Rain
What People are Saying About This
Beautifully transgressing the boundaries between high and pop culture, between sublimity and intoxication, Selfwolf announces a new American poetic. Mark Halliday's cadences croon and cruise through late-century disaster to the tune of atonement. Selfwolf is a book of redemption, and I rejoice in it.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After hearing Mr. Halliday speak at my school, I had to buy his latest volume of poetry. His tone and style are amazing. He brings you into his personal poems and makes you jealous when you run out of things to read. An amazing book of poems.