The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things

The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things

by Lorna Crozier

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Overview

In a series of playful and startling prose meditations, celebrated writer Lorna Crozier brings her rapt attention to the small matter of household objects: everything from doorknobs, washing machines, rakes, and zippers to the kitchen sink.

Operating as a sort of literary detective, she examines the mystery of the everyday, seeking the essence of each object. She offers tantalizing glimpses of the household's inhabitants, too, probing hearts, brains, noses, and navels. Longing, exuberance, and grief color her reflections, which at times take on the tenor of folktales or parables. Each of the short portraits in The Book of Marvels stands alone, but the connections are intricate; as in life, each object gains meaning from its juxtaposition with others. Crozier approaches her investigations with a childlike curiosity, an adult bemusement, and an unfailing sense of metaphor and mischief. With both charm and mordant wit, she animates the panoply of wonders to be found everywhere around us and inside us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781926812755
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lorna Crozier, one of Canada's most celebrated poets, has read from her work on every continent. She has received numerous awards, including the Governor General's Award, for her fifteen books of poetry, which include The Blue Hour of the Day, What the Living Won't Let Go, Everything Arrives at the Light and Inventing the Hawk, and her memoir, Small beneath the Sky. She has also edited several anthologies, among them Desire in Seven Voices and, with Patrick Lane, Addicted: Notes from the Belly of the Beast. She lives in Saanich, British Columbia.

Table of Contents

Air
Apple
Bed
Bicycle
Bobby Pins
Book
Bowl
Brain
But
Button
Collar
Ceiling
Chair
Chin
Clothes Hanger
Coffee Pot
Starts with the Letter "K"
Crowbar
Darkness, Its Origin
Dictionary
Doorknob
Eggs
Eraser
Feet
Flashlight
Fork
Fridge
Glossography of G
Gum
Hands
Happiness
Hat
Heart
Hinge
Ice
Ironing Board
Jell-O
Kitchen Sink
Knife
Lamp
Light Bulb
Linoleum
Lobe
Measure
The Midnight News
Mirror
Moon
Mop
Mouth
Navel
Needle
No
Nose
Nose: Two Stories
Objects
Plate
Quicksilver
Radiator
Rake
Scissors
Screw
Shakers
Shoe
Shovel
Sky
Snail
Snow
Spoons
Stone
Stool
Stove
Table
Toaster
Tooth
Towel
Umbrella
Vacuum
Warts
Washing Machine-New, Front-Loading
Wheelbarrow
X
Yo-Yo
Zipper

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