Hypoderm: Notes to Myself

Hypoderm: Notes to Myself

by Weyman Chan Chan


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The idea for this book, says Weyman Chan, is simple-approach the world as metaphor, and it will come to you. Subtitled "notes to myself," hypoderm is a manifesto of observations, intimations and recognitions of mortality that get under the poet's skin-that remind the reader that poetry is documentation and speculation, not a sentimental fabrication of the rapture (rupture) of our "end times." Drawing on cosmologies as disparate as molecular biology, Chinese and Mayan celestial cycles, and the conflict of Horus and Seth in Egyptian mythology, Chan finds everywhere the recognition that: "As all prey let out / sounds of deepest obligation / when they're caught, so / the binding surrounds."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780889226371
Publisher: Talonbooks, Limited
Publication date: 04/30/2010
Edition description: 1
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Weyman Chan
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Weyman Chan has published poems and short stories in a wide variety of literary journals and anthologies.

He won the 2002 National Magazine Awards silver prize for his poem “At work," and the 2003 Alberta Book Awards for his first book of poetry, Before a Blue Sky Moon. His second book, Noise From the Laundry (Talonbooks), was nominated for the 2008 Governor General’s Award for Poetry.

A laboratory technician by trade, Chan distills a unique inner voice in the spiraling, non-sequential and non-temporal syntax of poetry.

Table of Contents

1 berm

global 6

san francisco blues 7

burning 10

Graeme, high on Camus 11

inspiration 12

the reader 13

equal 14

my body lies over the ocean 15

rape of the lock 16

mural 17

near milk river, looking for the sweetgrass hills 18

2 grey zone

letting out string 22

coulda woulda shoulda 23

fatal sure 24

unstable 26

ventura highway 27

several springs and summers all piled up 29

through the window over the dishes 31

eat pray love war 32

starry morning 35

the big picture 36

river 38

recycled rabbit 40

chimeras 42

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