On Shaving Off His Face by Shane NeilsonOn Shaving Off His Face by Shane Neilson

On Shaving Off His Face

byShane Neilson

Paperback | March 31, 2015

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Shane Neilson's latest collection of poetry draws on the image of the human face to explore themes of pain, grief and illness both physical and mental.

Title:On Shaving Off His FaceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 8.77 × 5.58 × 0.46 inPublished:March 31, 2015Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889843821

ISBN - 13:9780889843820

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The BarnEmblem: we spent an automatism, the sway-backed Moro response reflecting a Landau reaction, patching rotten insides with deviations from this rule.Waste from the modes of stimulation; the differential fixation a hazard until we laid the lalling stage so that a normal person as abstraction could walk it; and we were a kind of crossmodal,which parents come to understand. The day idioglossing us over, except when Lennox Gastaut's up on the scaffold, making repair after repair to form the multiplex of Friedreich. Crows, livingin the opisthotonic, hands pronated as hammers, redolent with their Lafora-type shit,in the barn-shade for quick snorts and AED availability. If asked, violaceous faces would complain of spike-and-wave wages and work harder if my father was found.Sometimes the prognosis is bad. The sun would heat the hyperexcitable tin and burn though the work gloves. With panoramic vision, a young woman jamais entendu, I thought of each time I carried a piece of tin up the grand petit absence, just fifteen, interictal on the wood underneath, battle hymns of the benign rolandic, places where it was distinguishable from premonition if fire or lightning had hit. We papered it over. A jacksonian trick for the men to work past a certain drinkand I remember looking at the old barn, house of vibratory quality: hay and a beaten-down epileptic cry that grew monstrous in the year,at three in the afternoon, no men around, a wife in fencer's posture soon to be cutand the gleaming parachute reaction, a drop attack.

Editorial Reviews

`There is a level of intellectualism operating in On Shaving Off His Face that will challenge many readers. This is not to say that the poetry is overly dense or inaccessible: but it is a poetry that requires more than one sitting to appreciate, especially in the first two sections. Yet one also has a sense that behind these cerebral machinations-reinforced by allusions and images drawn from the worlds of medicine and art and religion-are deep, emotional struggles that fuel his poetic impulse. In other words, Neilson's intellectualism has none of the ornamental or superficial trappings found in most of today's so-called "neo-formalist" Canadian verse writers. On the contrary, Neilson's work reflects more closely the spirit of his modernist predecessors, offering readers the same kind of layered emotional and philosophical intensity that informed much of Eliot and Pound's best and most memorable work. The end result is a richly rewarding collection by a young voice who deserves better attention from the Canadian poetry establishment.' - Thomas Hodd - The Fiddlehead