Touch Anywhere to Begin

Touch Anywhere to Begin

by Jim Nason



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Touch Anywhere to Begin by Jim Nason

In Touch Anywhere To Begin, Jim Nason?s fifth collection of poetry, poems are set in a physical world where full-throttle desire commingles with love, loss and grief. Although death is ever present ? death of a father, death of a friend ? there is a life-affirming/mystical quality at the core of this book. Nason reminds us that the city is both real and surreal, a place of creatures and buildings, imagination and deep emotions. He celebrates demolition as enthusiastically as construction. The death of a child is no more or less significant than an elderly woman?s sickly body or a young man?s seductive powers. Finalist for the 2015 CBC poetry prize, the long poem ?City With Animals,? which celebrates one billion transformations in the body per second, is a tribute to Max Ernst.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927426852
Publisher: Signature Editions
Publication date: 04/28/2016
Pages: 76
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Jim Nason is the author of four books of poetry, most recentlyMusic Garden (2013) and Narcissus Unfolding(2011) with Frontenac House Books. He is also the author of two novels,I Thought I Would Be Happy(2013, Tightrope Books),The Housekeeping Journals(2007, Turnstone Press), and a collection of short stories,The Girl on the Escalator (2011, Tightrope Books). Jim has been a finalist for the CBC Literary Prize in both poetry and fiction, and has been published in theThe Best Canadian Poetry2008 and 2010. He lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

I The Many-Armed Shadow

The Cormorant Dried Its Wings on A Rock 11

Blue Candelabra 12

Triggers 13

Edgemere 14

Touch Anywhere To Begin 15

Prize Reading 16

Black Horse 17

Tab Hunter's Horse 18

Why It's Easy To Eroticize the Death-Gored Matador 19

George Dyer's Back 20

Naga Baba 21

Nijinski 22

Dream 23

II Rat of My Dream

The Destination 27

City with Animals 28

Waking 34

Cranes 35

Four Minutes, Thirty-Three Seconds 36

Winter's Underground 37

Under The Expressway 38

Openings 39

Off Ramp 40

Fall 41

City Beach 42

Enough 43

Relapse 44

Three Seventy 45

Hunger 46

Honest 47

Volta 48

Early Morning 49

Tyler 50

III Green Nipple

Disappearing 53

What Remains 54

Tissue 55

Vase 56

Wolves 58

Stain 59

Eulogy, Cedar and Rat 60

Heft of the Bundle 61

IV Snow Labyrinth

Upper East Side 65

Closing Monologue 66

What I Heard In the West Village 67

The Jade Hotel 68

Thaw 69

You Bring Yellow Tulips 70

Father's Day, Thirteenth Avenue 75

Seven Doors 76

Notes 78

About the Author 79

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