Under the Keel

Under the Keel The brilliant new collection from Michael Crummey bestselling author of Galore Michael Crummey s first collection in a decade has something for everyone Love and marriage and airport grief how not to

  • Title: Under the Keel
  • Author: Michael Crummey
  • ISBN: 9781770892699
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback
  • The brilliant new collection from Michael Crummey, bestselling author of Galore.Michael Crummey s first collection in a decade has something for everyone Love and marriage and airport grief how not to get laid in a Newfoundland mining town total immersion baptism the grand machinery of decay migrant music and invisible crowns and mortifying engagements with babysitterThe brilliant new collection from Michael Crummey, bestselling author of Galore.Michael Crummey s first collection in a decade has something for everyone Love and marriage and airport grief how not to get laid in a Newfoundland mining town total immersion baptism the grand machinery of decay migrant music and invisible crowns and mortifying engagements with babysitters the transcendent properties of home brew Whether charting the merciless complications of childhood, or the unpredictable consolations of middle age, these are poems of magic and ruin Under the Keel affirms Crummey s place as one of our necessary writers.

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    1. I stopped after reading the poem "Cock Tease". This is not a question of whether or not I am easily offended. This is a question of bad taste. It is in bad taste to simultaneously sexualize a 12-year-old girl and condemn her for her sexuality. It is in bad taste to act superior to her by writing a poem about how you were "embarrassed to court / her" and yet "risked the taint / of her reputation's promise" (the poet has embarrassed himself, and should take responsibility for embarrassing himself [...]

    2. (Poetry, Atlantic Canadian)I have read all of Michael Crummey’s prose, including River Thieves and Sweetland to which I gave 5 stars in September 2014.But I had never read of his poetry, which is his first vocation.The title of this book refers to the poem Fathom, and the lines that describe the wound on his dog’s shaved shoulder:like a line across a gunwaleas it rises on an easy swell,new stitches like a row of knots tiedto sound fathoms under the keel.I don’t know how to comment on poetr [...]

    3. This is Crummy’s first collection of poetry in ten years, and it is a wonderful volume that I thoroughly enjoyed. All of the poems are accessible to the reader who enjoys poetry but may not have an academic understanding of its many nuances. I do not always understand all I read with some poets, and I am sometimes left questioning what a particular piece is all about. But this collection is full of subjects everyone can relate to and enjoy, with a conversational tone and a lighted moment of re [...]

    4. Michael Crummey's poems all carry some kind of lingering taste of satisfaction—like each one of them is a mouthful of something homegrown, that leaves you wanting more, but still somehow happy.There's a moment of revelation in almost every poem in this collection, though some of them were stronger than others. I found the brief flashes of religion the moist poignant—Crummey has an open and accessible voice all throughout, but it hits the hardest when he turns the lens in rather than out. Eve [...]

    5. This is my favourite publication I've read by Crummey. The poems have a great ease of flow. They're also very personal and confessional. Under the Keel has nothing as cathartic or revealing as something by Sylvia Plath, but honesty, no matter how trivial, always takes courage.

    6. A little Hemingway-esque. I liked the poems in the latter half of the collection. These poems reminded me of how short stories are written. Each poem was diverse; unique characters and stories. Tales of life, death and moments that at the time mean nothing at all until they are gone.

    7. loved the poetry, like this from The Stars: and the stars, lord Jesus, the stars! the grit of sediment beginning to settle, their thorny glare rattling the dark like a length of sheet-metal.

    8. Michael Crummey joined us at Kingston WritersFest 2009 and 2013. You can read more about Michael and the Festival here: kingstonwritersfest

    9. Michael Crummey is up there on my favourite Canada authors list. Favourite authors period list. And this book of poetry just solidified that. Earthy, real, vivid, ordinary life. This is good stuff.

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