Bit Parts For Fools by Peter RichardsonBit Parts For Fools by Peter Richardson

Bit Parts For Fools

byPeter Richardson

Paperback | October 1, 2013

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Shortlisted, Archibald Lampman Award

In this lush collection of linguistic concatenations, Peter Richardson lines up the quotidian and the metaphysical, the personal and the fictional, and assigns equal standing to their rich complications. Whether his cast members take the ironic stance of an apostate jazz pianist or the hardball approach of a recovering stand-up comic, they invite us on an exuberant exploration of self that rewards multiple readings.

Ranging from a literate vernacular to high diction, the language of Bit Parts for Fools hints at a new hunger driving the poet's quirky observations and confirms once again that Richardson is a fine craftsman — all confidence and mischief, "whistling from scuffmark to scuffmark."

Peter Richardson is the author of three collections of poetry: Sympathy for Couriers, which won the 2008 A.M. Klein Poetry Award, An ABC of Belly Work, and A Tinker's Press. His poems have also appeared in magazines and journals such as Descant, Poetry, Sonora Review, the Malahat Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and the Rialto (UK). He ...
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Title:Bit Parts For FoolsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 8.56 × 5.56 × 0.35 inPublished:October 1, 2013Publisher:GOOSE LANE EDITIONSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0864924909

ISBN - 13:9780864924902

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In this lush collection of linguistic concatenations, Peter Richardson lines up the quotidian and the metaphysical, the personal and the fictional, and assigns equal standing to their rich complications. Whether his cast members take the ironic stance of an apostate jazz pianist or the hardball approach of a recovering stand-up comic, they invite us on an exuberant exploration of self that rewards multiple readings. Ranging from a literate vernacular to high diction, the language of Bit Parts for Fools hints at a new hunger driving the poet's quirky observations and confirms once again that Richardson is a fine craftsman — all confidence and mischief, "whistling from scuffmark to scuffmark.""This is a chameleonic book, alive with "ancestral transmutations." Richardson can write of "a gun-toting do-gooder on a buggy" or evoke "bees nesting in crags above a shoreline of dirty syringes," and his words summon the mouth to savor them. Richardson's wit, formal skill, and verbal ingenuity make this not only his finest achivement to date but one of the best collections of poetry to appear in recent years." — Eric Ormsby, author of The Baboons of Hada