Next Door To The Butcher Shop by Rodney DecrooNext Door To The Butcher Shop by Rodney Decroo

Next Door To The Butcher Shop

byRodney Decroo

Paperback | May 1, 2017

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Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rodney DeCroo's second poetry collection, Next Door to the Butcher Shop, explores the permeability of memory and uncovers heart-wrenching beauty from shadowy grit.


How quickly age


descends on us. Our memories are maps


to places that don't exist. I was an emperor


on a green lawn wearing a white sheet


and a paper crown. The birds sang my praises


from the hedges and the trees


DeCroo unsentimentally recounts moments suffused with grief, longing and loss, and offers a refreshingly unfiltered view of one's self.


I'd stand for days along the edges of expressway


to sing off-key into the screams of semi-trailers and cars


until I stood within a cocoon of silence and flashing shadows


In a deft combination of lyrical and visceral imagery, Next Door to the Butcher Shop offers a rare, sharp, first-hand perspective of life around the edges, with dark comedy dispersed throughout.

Rodney DeCroo is a Vancouver-based singer/songwriter and poet. Born and raised in a small coal mining town just outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he has called Vancouver home for years now. He has released a previous collection of poetry, Allegheny, BC (Nightwood, 2012) and seven music albums that have received critical acclaim in Cana...
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Title:Next Door To The Butcher ShopFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:May 1, 2017Publisher:Nightwood EditionsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0889713308

ISBN - 13:9780889713307

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