How To Be Eaten By A Lion by Michael JohnsonHow To Be Eaten By A Lion by Michael Johnson

How To Be Eaten By A Lion

byMichael Johnson

Paperback | May 7, 2016

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From the monk who sets himself on fire in a crowded intersection of Saigon ("the familiar corded tendons of his hands, become / a bracken of ashes, a carbon twine of burnt"), to the salmon run in British Columbia ("The salmon word / for home is glacierdust and once-tall trees unlimbed, / a taste, no matter where, they know"), Johnson writes of topics varied and eclectic, unified by a focus on moments both declining and revenant.


Startling and haunting, the poems delve into the ways in which these moments are transformative, beautiful and unexpected. Being eaten by a lion is a gift rather than a loss, an opportunity for grace: "Instead, focus on your life, / its crimson liquor he grows drunk on. / Notice the way the red highlights his face, / how the snub nose is softened, the lips made / fuller; notice his deft musculature, his rapture."


Lyrical and rich with visceral imagery, How to Be Eaten by a Lion lingers, exploring the world with an eye for detail and an ear for music.

Michael Johnson's work has appeared in numerous literary journals including The Antigonish Review , The Fiddlehead , The Malahat Review , PRISM International , Mid-American Review and Gargoyle . He was a finalist for Poetry magazine's Ruth Lilly Fellowship and the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. He was nominated f...
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Title:How To Be Eaten By A LionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 6 inPublished:May 7, 2016Publisher:Nightwood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889713189

ISBN - 13:9780889713185

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