Children of the Outer Dark: The Poetry Of Christopher Dewdney by Christopher DewdneyChildren of the Outer Dark: The Poetry Of Christopher Dewdney by Christopher Dewdney

Children of the Outer Dark: The Poetry Of Christopher Dewdney

byChristopher DewdneyEditorKarl E. Jirgens

Paperback | February 19, 2007

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A four-time Governor General’s-award nominee for both poetry and non-fiction, Christopher Dewdney is celebrated internationally as a writer and a visionary and is best known for his particular imagining of place and memory. Beginning with Paleozoic fossil formations in southwestern Ontario and moving through eons of natural history to cityscapes and the digital present, Dewdney’s poetics encapsulate often surreal experiences from radical and epiphenomenal perspectives. His writing vibrates in a standing wave between science and art, reason and myth—embedding geology, neurophysiology, linguistics, and post-digital technology within a play of transitory viewpoints. Children of the Outer Dark provides a geological survey of Dewdney’s poetic strata. The poems selected, along with their order of presentation, serve a critical function to mine diverse layers of development in Dewdney’s career. This collection will reward all those who seek inspiration and will provide teachers, students, and other writers with a short natural history of one of Canadas essential poetic minds.

Christopher Dewdney has served as writer-in-residence at Trent, Western, and York universities. Featured in Ron Mann’s film Poetry in Motion with William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Michael Ondaatje, and Tom Waits, Dewdney has presented his groundbreaking poetics across North America and Europe. He also creates acoustic and visual art,...
Title:Children of the Outer Dark: The Poetry Of Christopher DewdneyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9 × 6.08 × 0.22 inPublished:February 19, 2007Publisher:Wilfrid Laurier University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889205159

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Read from the Book

The Lynx in the Rapids by Christopher DewdneyIt is a grey, rainless summer afternoon. You arewalking through a northern hardwood forest besidea river. You hear a baby crying from the brush nearthe rapids. As you approach the sound, the hairs onthe nape of your neck prick up. You step onto arocky clearing beside the rapids. A wet lynx sits onthe flat rock verging the cataract, its back to you. The lynx turns its head to look at you over itsshoulder. Its eyes are almost entirely pupil, the thinrim of an elliptical, gold iris barely visible around theblack crystal caverns of its pupils. You have stoodhere before. In memory you scream magnetically asyou pluck the irises from your own eyes in a mirror.The iris-tissue like gold foil slipping off pupils thatare dark openings onto an unknowable, alienemptiness. The sirens begin to wail. You turn to runas the world starts to break up. The lynx wheels andleaps in one bound onto your shoulders, sinking itsteeth into the back of your head. You are drawnwhole into the black vacuum of the lynx's mouth.The lynx transforms into an enormous hornedserpent, its body containing a universe of stars. The world is a prison that has shrunk to theoutline of your body. You are now free to move.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents for
Children of the Outer Dark: The Poetry of Christopher Dewdney, selected with an introduction by Karl E. Jirgens

Foreword | Neil Besner

Biographical Note

Introduction | Karl E. Jirgens


The Owl



Sol du Soleil

In the Critical Half-Light

In a Manner of Fact

Into the Maelstrom


That Night at Lake Huron

On Attaining Remote Control

This Is of Two Worlds

Poem Using Lines Spoken by Suzanne


Dreadlocks at the Helm


Human Consciousness

The Immaculate Perception

Metaphor Templates

Homonyms as Linguistic Necker Cubes

Depth Sounding, Lake Windermere

The Owls

Ten Typically Geological Suicides

Halcyon July in Algoma

Demon Pond

The Lynx in the Rapids


Winter Solstice

Winter Hawk

The World Poem

Hollow Wind, Empty Stars

Seven Electrical Angels

Gravid Lux

Fitting the Language Prosthesis

Language Acquisition Trauma

Afterword: A Note on the Poems | Christopher Dewdney



Editorial Reviews

``The quest for a wider audience for poetry may be quixotic, but this series makes a serious attempt to present attractive, affordable selections that speak to contemporary interests and topics that might engage a younger generation of readers. Yet it does not condescend, preferring to provide substantial and sophisticated poets to these new readers. At the very least, these slim volumes will make very useful introductory teaching texts in post-secondary classrooms because they whet the appetite without overwhelming.'' - Paul Milton - Canadian Literature, 193, Summer 2007 - 201003