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."
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About the Author
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
san francisco blues 7
Graeme, high on Camus 11
the reader 13
my body lies over the ocean 15
rape of the lock 16
near milk river, looking for the sweetgrass hills 18
2 grey zone
letting out string 22
coulda woulda shoulda 23
fatal sure 24
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
recycled rabbit 40