Muybridge's Horse by Rob WingerMuybridge's Horse by Rob Winger

Muybridge's Horse

byRob Winger

Paperback | May 16, 2007

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Shortlisted for the 2007 Governor General's Award for Poetry

Shortlisted for the 21st Annual Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English

Finalist for an Ottawa Book Award


Part history, part invention, Muybridge's Horse is a sensual biographical long poem that follows the career of Eadweard Muybridge, a nineteenth-century British-born photographer whose studies of bodies in motion led to the invention of moving pictures.

Whether navigating hallucinogenic American deserts, violent coastal geographies, or a feral 1850s San Francisco, Rob Winger's tale uses an inventive combination of poetic styles and voices, recounting early attempts to capture images on glass. Searching out stereoscopic beauty, Winger's version of Muybridge carries portable darkrooms from the heights of Yosemite's domes to the depths of the North and South American coastlines, and ultimately onto an 1878 race track, where a battery of fifty cameras settles a bet about a horse's stride, forever changing the world's understanding of movement.

Charged with murder, accused of neurosis, compelled to record ruins and wage-slavery, Muybridge conveys the violence implied by the photographic act and the blunt details hidden behind our histories. Elegantly told, Muybridge's Horse is an evocative exploration of history, personal obsession, passion and negatives.

About The Author

Rob Winger's first book, Muybridge's Horse, was a Globe and Mail best book, shortlisted for the Governor General's Award, Ottawa Book Award, and Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and won a CBC Literary Award. His critically acclaimed second collection was The Chimney Stone. Born and raised in small-town Ontario, Rob currently lives in t...
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Title:Muybridge's HorseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:May 16, 2007Publisher:Nightwood EditionsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:088971231X

ISBN - 13:9780889712317

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"Winger poeticizes with vivid and arresting results... overall, this history told through poetic fragments becomes and intriguing literary analogue of Muybridge's photographic technique."
--Aaron Giovannone, Canadian Literature