Song of the Taxidermist by Aurian HallerSong of the Taxidermist by Aurian Haller

Song of the Taxidermist

byAurian Haller

Paperback | February 11, 2011

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There's something fresh and fantastic in Aurian Haller's view of the world. In Song of the Taxidermist, he demonstrates both a fascination and unease with the independence of the body — its resistance to the self's colonizing imperative.

Employing a powerful visual and intellectual imagination, a camera and a roving curiosity, he investigates the ways that flesh inhabits the spaces around us. Building upon the stories of famous taxidermied specimens — the celebrated French giraffe, Zarafe, and the Alaskan sled dog, Togo — he explores what it means when the shell of a being becomes iconic in a culture: how place, an idea, or a quality might fill a standing skin.

Like his compatriots Erin Mouré, Roo Borson, and Michael Ondaatje, Aurian Haller pushes beyond the constraints of the short lyric or narrative moment to experiment with larger thematic forms. This stunning new collection, so carefully executed in image and phrasing, so agile in its metaphors, is both astonishing in scope and lush in its imaginative landscape.

Aurian Haller is an award-winning poet and singer-songwriter. He is the lead singer in The Aurian Haller Band, whose unique blend of folk, rock and jazz is supported by Haller's haunting lyrics. Haller's poetry has appeared in Arc, Descant, the Antigonish Review, and in his acclaimed collection, A Dream of Sulphur. He has won numerous...
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Title:Song of the TaxidermistFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 8.5 × 4.45 × 0.24 inPublished:February 11, 2011Publisher:GOOSE LANE EDITIONSLanguage:English

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There&#146s something fresh and fantastic in Aurian Haller&#146s view of the world. In Song of the Taxidermist, he demonstrates both a fascination and unease with the independence of the body &#151 its resistance to the self&#146s colonizing imperative. Employing a powerful visual and intellectual imagination, a camera and a roving curiosity, he investigates the ways that flesh inhabits the spaces around us. Building upon the stories of famous taxidermied specimens &#151 the celebrated French giraffe, Zarafe, and the Alaskan sled dog, Togo &#151 he explores what it means when the shell of a being becomes iconic in a culture: how place, an idea, or a quality might fill a standing skin. Like his compatriots Erin Mour&#233, Roo Borson and Michael Ondaatje, Aurian Haller pushes beyond the constraints of the short lyric or narrative moment to experiment with larger thematic forms. This stunning new collection, so carefully executed in image and phrasing, so agile in its metaphors, is both astonishing in scope and lush in its imaginative landscape.

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There's something fresh and fantastic in Aurian Haller's view of the world. In Song of the Taxidermist, he demonstrates both a fascination and unease with the independence of the body — its resistance to the self's colonizing imperative. Employing a powerful visual and intellectual imagination, a camera and a roving curiosity, he investigates the ways that flesh inhabits the spaces around us. Building upon the stories of famous taxidermied specimens — the celebrated French giraffe, Zarafe, and the Alaskan sled dog, Togo — he explores what it means when the shell of a being becomes iconic in a culture: how place, an idea, or a quality might fill a standing skin. Like his compatriots Erin Mouré, Roo Borson and Michael Ondaatje, Aurian Haller pushes beyond the constraints of the short lyric or narrative moment to experiment with larger thematic forms. This stunning new collection, so carefully executed in image and phrasing, so agile in its metaphors, is both astonishing in scope and lush in its imaginative landscape."Reading the title sequence when it first appeared three years ago triggered waves of admiration that still resonate, and this collection renews their intensity. The poems wow with their flawless skins, masterfully assembled skeletons, and intelligent conception and curation, then unsettle as Haller's probings transform the seen and the studied into the unexpected." — Stephanie Bolster, author of Pavilion