Words for Elephant Man

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The Porcupine's Quill, 2012 - Poetry - 87 pages
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`Man is a / fascinating animal', Kenneth Sherman writes, and it is this fascination that drives the narrative in Words for Elephant Man. Written in the voice of Joseph Merrick, the `Elephant Man' plagued with a disfiguring condition that ravaged much of his body, Sherman reveals his subject to be more than just a living fascination. Sherman's Merrick, acutely observant, is equally fascinated by those around him.

Using found lines from historical record interwoven with his own beautifully rendered verse, Sherman's collection triumphs as a haunting, eloquent portrait of a man whose body was both disabler and enabler, a man who was both a commodity and a salesman, mechanical and organic, and whose extraordinary circumstances overshadowed the remarkably ordinary desires he shared with humanity. Sherman's Merrick is observant, clever and authentic, and possessed of a voice that resonates through the years and into the hearts and minds of readers.

 

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Contents

A Psalm ofthe Elephant Man
11
A Dead Elephant
18
Before the Pathological Society of London
24
This City
30
One Mother
36
DISLOCATIONS
43
Treves Description of Merrick
49
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About the author (2012)

Kenneth Sherman was born in Toronto in 1950. He has a BA from York University, where he studied with Eli Mandel and Irving Layton, and an MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto. While a student at York, Sherman co-founded and edited the literary journal Waves. From 1974--1975 he travelled extensively through Asia. He is a full-time faculty member at Sheridan College where he teaches Communications; he also teaches a course in creative writing at the University of Toron

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