A Painted Elephant

April 30, 2003|
A Painted Elephant by Jill Hartman
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A Painted Elephant tells a tale of love - unrequited, of course, like all the best stories. Our Juliet? A lonely Indian elephant, newly arrived at the Calgary Zoo from Holland, with a penchant for moonlight escapes. Her Romeo? The wooden Maytag Man statue on Calgary''s 9th Street, with his sad eyes, his oaken thighs, his aloofness. Punished for her romantic escapades, our heroine is made to suffer a thirty-day quarantine during which she meditates on the true meaning of elephantine love. And finally, when she emerges from her solitary confinement - well, the outcome is as tragic as it is inspiring.

This book, the first from Jill Hartman, is a tragi-comic narrative poem about pachyderm passion. Nina Simone, Pig Latin, German opera and a chorus of Canadian poets play in the background. Incense, speculaas cookies and cheap flowers scent the air. And goddesses, myrmidons and shipwrecks appear with some frequency.

With fractured, playful language, the smart and funny A Painted Elephant trumpets an important new voice in Canadian poetry.

Calgary born-and-bred poet Jill Hartman writes disjunctive narrative poetry about pachyderms, pirates, belly dancing, Ouija, Scrabble, and The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. She''s presented and performed her poetry across Canada and as far afield as Scotland and her writing''s appeared in Queen Street Quarterly, filling Station, endn...
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Title:A Painted ElephantFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:106 pages, 8.75 X 5.75 X 0.35 inShipping dimensions:106 pages, 8.75 X 5.75 X 0.35 inPublished:April 30, 2003Publisher:Coach House BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1552451178

ISBN - 13:9781552451175

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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