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Zigzags

Published Date: October 1, 2016

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$16.00

5 x 6
English
978-0-88753-567-3

Description

Zigzags, a collection of Nash’s latest poetry, explores how virtually none of our thoughts, actions or feelings go very far without becoming paradoxes and contradictions. Some paradoxes are humourous, but some are deadly. The poems debunk an intellectualism that pretends we can strategize straight lines of progress to our goals. Rather, “Life’s walking a straight zigzag, while standing upright in a somersault” (Irish saying). Zigzags replaces this intellectualism with a vision of life and ourselves expressed in the harmonizing metaphors of poetry. Poems cluster into five sections to focus on paradoxes in different parts of our lives. In our individual lives, how can love be what pushes us apart? In our concern for the environment, are we condemned to be the worst of the invasive species we allegedly condemn? In our search for world peace, can we achieve peace by the “shock and awe” of making war? A number of poems have been previously published in literary magazines and anthologies across Canada, and in the U.K. and the U.S.A. too. This collection draws them together.

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