The April Poems

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The Porcupine's Quill, 2013 - Poetry - 83 pages
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April is pluck, prink and plumelets. April is an intellectual colossus who travels with a shotgun under her dress. Marriage to April is like the beauty of pure math ... or like juggling bricks in a hurricane. April is a pearl of a girl, mother and daughter, lover and beloved. April has spit. April is A Developing Story.

In his newest collection of poetry, Leon Rooke, author of Hot Poppies, A Good Baby and the Governor General's Award-winning novel Shakespeare's Dog, presents a collection of poems about the beguiling, inimitable April. Adopting a variety of distinctive perspectives of her life, her loves and her losses, he builds a picture of his irrepressible heroine and the follies and foibles of the lives through which she passes.

Rooke's poems challenge and amuse, stimulating the senses and subverting expectations. His inventive language and imagery, and his cast of delightfully idiosyncratic characters, allow him to hold up a mirror to society and expose the planes and angles of humanity, all the bumps and hollows of it.

 

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Contents

Aprils Quoth the Raven
18
The Early Years
25
Aprils No Frills Poem
70
3 Gods Haircut
76
April Affirms She Married Well
82
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About the author (2013)

Leon Rooke is the author of seven novels, including Shakespeare's Dog which won the 1993 Governor General's Award for Fiction.Other major awards he has received include The W.O. Mitchell Prize, the Canada-Australia Literary Prize, and the CBC Fiction Prize.He has published over 300 short stories, as well as poetry and plays, and is the founder of The Eden Mills Literary Festival.

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