The Book of Were by Wayne CliffordThe Book of Were by Wayne Clifford

The Book of Were

byWayne Clifford

Paperback | November 1, 2006

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The nature of the Deity, illuminated first through a prism of found nineteenth-century steel engravings, is subsequently reconsidered by the most famous lost Canadian poet of the 1960s.

Wayne Clifford was born in Toronto in 1944. He studied English at University College at the University of Toronto in the mid sixties during which time he came to be associated with a small coterie of students that included Stan Bevington, Dennis Reid, Doris and Judith Cowan, and David Bolduc. Wayne also remembers Tangiers Al, but not c...
Title:The Book of WereFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 8.76 × 5.56 × 0.24 inPublished:November 1, 2006Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889842817

ISBN - 13:9780889842816

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great review of this book See Michael Dunford's review in for feb 07. Outstanding!
Date published: 2007-11-13

From the Author

God? Hmmmm ... God's a quaint sound old relatives make, home, when those necessary times off take you back to greet them. They're so sentimental. You know you're alone in the city with only your most trusted-in-this-moment significant other(s).Then what was that animal flattened pulpy in the front gutter last week? Should you have called someone? A businesslike voice at the other end; a promise the mess would disappear? Pick up. It's some guy who's been wondering just such things.Those critters preferring the twilights of day and the stars' lit night learn the city, too. Lamps dim down residential streets where they still live among us, fitting in, invisible as the stars have become, and more artless than us, since they know what they like.Their back homes are harder to get to. But if you'll follow the crumbs ...

Read from the Book

The Anatolian He started Gandalf, ended Gandhi, and venerable when he went. He talked with me by what sound handy got across just what he meant. He'd been my eldest daughter's pet, outgrown before his so long stay embarrass grade nine. As the debt for having brought him first away from pet store with his litter, wheel and water bottle, pellet feed, (for all my troubles, quite a deal) I was who bought replacement stuff and meeped back welcome getting home, until, blind, bald, he'd had enough, and left for plateaus hamsters roam who have been good and true and kept. And what he left, eared purse of skin, which insignificance I wept to lose such listener within.

Table of Contents


The Wakeful Closet Door

The Tides of Pampas


The Weight of Memory

A Japanese Tale

The Lesson

The Anatolian

After Their Trip to Guatemala,

Charm against Jaguar

Wave. Goodbye.

A Toast

A Dog's Lesson

The Chamber


Thorny Answer

The Genome Project's Appeal to the NRA


How Sin Evolves


Sand Bowls



Embryonic Angels?

Before the Mystery's Gone

Sacred Photosynthesis

Editorial Reviews

`The superbly crafted and enthusiastically recommended poems comprising Wayne Clifford's ``The Book Of Were'' are based on old engravings representing were-animals and were-folk, changelings at the edges of our known worlds and ordinary lives. One very nice touch is the inclusion of animal images accompanying the poems. ``How Sin Evolves'': The medieval catalogue of character defects/was meant to drag man's dialogue up near where God expects,/until America's analogue brought home the sin's effects.//The sloth proves neither strifeful brute, nor sanguine, but sincere./The problem of so slow a life is simply being here./Since sleep can make the stay more brief, the less there needs to fear.//So blessed be sloth, the mossy beast, who's camouflaged in grace,/that even when he's shot beneath, his claws hold him in place;/his vision upwards thus bequeaths suspension of god's face.'