What We're Doing to Stay Afloat

October 28, 2015|
What We're Doing to Stay Afloat by Karin Cope
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We’re all at sea these days, no matter where we live. We make impossible pacts to guard against drowning, cobble together precarious rafts, patch our bailing buckets, and still the water pours in; we cannot hope to escape it.  Job loss, heartbreak, accident, cruelty, impotence, climate change, madness, death: every sort of weather conspires to keep us lost and insomniac, struggling to reach some sort of shore.

What We’re Doing To Stay Afloat chronicles such watery conditions and offers poetry as one sort of kit containing tools fitted to the task of staying alive: humour, rage, hammer, buoy, radar, chart.  Here, melancholia and surrealism interleave, monologues become dialogues, want ads and Facebook posts are recycled into intimate domestic conversations, and ballads of human desperation alternate with accounts of the silliness, grace and violence of the natural world. Poetry alone won’t save us of course, but in flashes it here reveals where we are; it names, navigates, and gives us light to row by, perhaps long enough to sight an approach to the next harbour.

Title:What We're Doing to Stay Afloat
Product dimensions:96 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:96 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 1 in
Published:October 28, 2015
ISBN - 13:9781897426753

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