Questions in Bed by Stewart ColeQuestions in Bed by Stewart Cole

Questions in Bed

byStewart Cole

Paperback | September 28, 2012

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Incisive and intensely felt, Stewart Cole's striking debut collection reminds us that we too live in an age of anxiety, disoriented by doubt, and up late, compelled to confront the unanswerable. Sirens draw us to the inevitable fact of human suffering, black-winged redbirds perch aloof above our daily commutes, sex denies and drives our hunger for fidelity, and the comet speaks before it strikes.

In an unabashed celebration of intellect and a visceral engagement with our shadowy impulses, Cole's voice veers between the playful and the grave, pillow-talk and eulogy. And despite the odds, love — private, public, and free of false sentiment — emerges cloaked in a wit and intelligence at once elusive and warm.

From the urbane and civil to the lustful and dark, the poems of Questions in Bed, in an impressive synthesis of content and contour, depict the heat-seeking of our driven days and insomniac nights.

Stewart Cole's poems, essays, interviews, and reviews have appeared in the Fiddlehead, Quill and Quire, PRISM International, Studies in Canadian Literature, the anthology Rogue Stimulus, and in a chapbook entitled Sirens. He grew up in the Rideau Valley, south of Ottawa, and has lived in Victoria, Montreal, Fredericton, and Toronto.
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Title:Questions in BedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 8.55 × 5.52 × 0.28 inPublished:September 28, 2012Publisher:Goose Lane EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0864926847

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Incisive and intensely felt, Stewart Cole's striking debut collection reminds us that we too live in an age of anxiety, disoriented by doubt, up late and compelled to confront the unanswerable. Sirens draw us to the inevitable fact of human suffering, black-winged redbirds perch aloof above our daily commutes, sex denies and drives our hunger for fidelity, and the comet speaks before it strikes. In an unabashed celebration of intellect and a visceral engagement with our shadowy impulses, Cole's voice veers between the playful and the grave, pillow-talk and eulogy. And despite the odds, love — private, public, and free of false sentiment — emerges cloaked in a wit and intelligence at once elusive and warm. From the urbane and civil to the lustful and dark, the poems of Questions in Bed, in an impressive synthesis of content and contour, depict the heat-seeking of our driven days and insomniac nights."Shines in its intelligence and beauty." — Lampert Prize jury citation.