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Kevin Connolly's four previous poetry books have garnered widespread critical acclaim and awards for their cutting humor, vivid language, and lyricism. Now comes Revolver . A daring marriage of brilliant technical skill and feverish imagination, Revolver features poems that are each written in a different form - "revolving" through various styles while imbuing each with the precise control and sharp wit for which Connolly is noted. This much-anticipated follow-up to drift is both an ideal introduction to this master poet and a worthy successor to his earlier work.
Publisher: Toronto [Ont.] : Anansi ; Berkeley, Calif. : Distributed in the United States by Publishers Group West, 2008 (Saint-Lazare, Quebec : (Saint-Lazare, Quebec : Gibson Library Connections, 2010)
ISBN: 9780887849350
Characteristics: 1 online resource (82 pages)


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Apr 09, 2009

At first, the range of different voices and styles that Connolly takes on from poem to poem in "Revolver" dazzles and charms ... and then it starts to exhaust the reader just a little bit. You just want him to settle down and really work any of those voices. They're all good - all of them underpinned with a crisp, sardonic tone - but they start to verge on cacophonous. And then, by the fifth section or zone of the book (which does not, of course, correspond to the cheeky table of contents), it feels like Connolly hits a flat, smooth straightaway, right to the heart of the matter and the heart of the reader, culminating in the direct and disarming "Plenty."


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Apr 09, 2009

Given the words in advance, it /
might all be easier. Interpretation – /
that’s where the problems start. /
Take counterpane, for an example. /
Sounds like a magician’s con, /
a glass counter you’d bounce coins /
off, but really it means something /
comforting – a blanket to keep you / warm.

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