March 15, 2011|
Match by Helen Guri
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Finalist for the 2012 Trillium Book Award for Poetry

Robert Brand has given up on real women. Relationships just haven''t ever worked out well for him. He has, however, found a (somewhat problematic) solution, a new feminine ideal: the 110-pound sex doll he ordered over the internet.

Showing an uncanny access to the voice of the rejected, unimpressive, emotionally challenged modern male, Helen Guri''s debut collection explores Robert''s transition from lost and lonely to loved, if only by the increasingly acrobatic voices in his mind. Match''s touching, whip-smart poems chart the limits of the mind/body relationship in decidedly virtual times. Does our hero''s lovesick, wry, self-searching and often self-annihilating gaze signal some catastrophic aversion to depth or a feverish (if unsettling) reassertion of the romantic impulse? Can anything good really happen when the object of one''s affection is, literally, an object? And if she looks like a human being, can you ever know for sure she isn''t one? Equal parts love story, social parody and radiant display of lyrical gymnastics, Match announces the arrival of a daring, forthright and stubbornly original new talent.

Helen Guri graduated from the University of Toronto''s Creative Writing program, and has taught writing at Humber College. Her work has appeared in many Canadian journals, including Arc, Descant, Event, Fiddlehead and Grain . Match is her first collection. She lives in Toronto.
Title:MatchFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:88 pages, 7.78 X 5.41 X 0.3 inShipping dimensions:88 pages, 7.78 X 5.41 X 0.3 inPublished:March 15, 2011Publisher:Coach House BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1552452433

ISBN - 13:9781552452431

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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