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BeschreibungDon't suspend disbelief. Don't arrest it, curtail it, or unfrock it. Disbelief is in the fine print scratched at the bottom of Leon Rooke's literary contract. ... If we relinquish anything to read Rooke, it should be sobriety.
PortraitLeon Rooke was born at Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, 11 September 1934. He was educated at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and was drafted into the US Army infantry for which he served in Alaska. An energetic and prolific storyteller, Rooke's writing is characterized by inventive language, experimental form, and an extreme range of offbeat characters with distinctive voices. He has written a number of plays for radio and stage, including the published works Krokodile (1973) and Sword/Play (1974), and has produced numerous collections of short stories, including Sing Me No Love Songs I'll Say You No Prayers: Selected Stories (1984). With John Metcalf he edited The New Press Anthology I (1984) and II (1985). It is his novels, however, which have received the most critical acclaim. Fat Woman (1980) was short-listed for the Governor General's Award, and Shakespeare's Dog won in 1983. Rooke currently lives in the Annex area of Toronto with his wife Constance, and continues his long-time role as artistic director of the Eden Mills Writers' Festival.
Pressestimmen'If you are a fan of Rooke's fiction, you'll likely enjoy his poetry. Much as Don Coles seemed to spring fully formed into the late genius of a life-long novelist, Rooke has arrived with a "first" book of uncommon skill and voice. ... Hot Poppies is a very impressive debut.' -- George Murray Globe and Mail 'Don't suspend disbelief. Don't arrest it, curtail it, or unfrock it. Disbelief is in the fine print scratched at the bottom of Leon Rooke's literary contract. ... If we relinquish anything to read Rooke, it should be sobriety.' Quill and Quire 'Rooke's surreal flourishes and sense of humour are reminiscent of American Surrealist James Tate. In fact, Tate's work is directly addressed in two of Rooke's poems: "Continuation of the James Tate Poem 'The Condemned Man' " and "Continuation of the James Tate Poem 'Peggy in the Twilight.' " This nod to Tate is an important detail because, while readers who enjoy traditional lyric verse may find the surrealism in Hot Poppies difficult and pointless, those who love experimentation with language and images will find much to appreciate.' -- Greg Santos poetryreviews.ca 'Rooke's book moves with the playful confidence and the virile language of a more mature masculinity.' -- Gregory Betts Canadian Literature
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: PORCUPINES QUILL
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2005
Seitenanzahl: 91 Seiten