Crabwise to the Hounds
Winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry
Shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize
Shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award
His hiatuses bloom on the kitchen's sill.
His shirt snaps like tiny animals falling
through branches. In stride with the clock's
hypnotics, his throat chops a glass of water
With cameos by jackalopes, Glenn Gould, homemade spaceships and Carl Linnaeus, these poems are astonishing for their technical agility and their restless inventiveness. There's an elegance here that matches Dodds's impulse to challenge the reader with fresh metaphor and remarkable phrasing; the formal ambitions of many of the poems in Crabwise to the Hounds are balanced by an inclination toward wordplay and bright musicality.
Humorous at times, yet always handled with consummate craft, these poems invoke historical figures like Hiram Bingham and Ho Chi Minh even as they traverse a poetic landscape that includes telephone-game-style translations, interpretive-dance poems on historic paintings and carnivalesque jaunts into a natural world overrun with mules, Alsatians, lions and motorcycle-sized deer.
Crabwise to the Hounds is a startling debut from the winner of the CBC Literary Award and the Bronwen Wallace Award.
Praise for Jeramy Dodds:
'Strange, densely layered, ruthless and funny by turns, these poems ... force us to go slow at their sudden ingrown turns. They are full of creature music surprises.' – The CBC Literary Awards Jury
'a landmark of Canadian poetry' - The Mansfield Revue
'Dodds is incapable of writing a dull line ... brilliant' - Winnipeg Free Press