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Hump by Ariel Gordon

Hump, by Winnipeg writer Ariel Gordon, is a mash-up of pregnancy-and-mothering poems and urban/nature/love poems that functions as an anti-sentiment manifesto.

Month by month, stanza by stanza, Gordon attempts to adequately represent the wonder and devilment of being-with-child.

Hump is a love poem written simultaneously to a father and child, to a lover and the glimmer in his eye, and to a city that is gritty, faded, but still greener-than-most.

“Ariel Gordon is superbly, supremely, a poet of the body. She finds words for the physicality of the forest, of the garden, of pregnancy. Hump speaks the erotics of being alive and being in love with being alive.” –Robert Kroetsch

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Ariel Gordon is a Winnipeg-based writer and editor. She has two chapbooks to her credit, The navel gaze (Palimpsest Press, 2008) and Guidelines: Malaysia & Indonesia, 1999 (Rubicon Press, 2009), and this spring, Palimpsest published her first full-length poetry collection, Hump. Gordon coordinates literary events at Aqua Books and for several years has been the driving force behind THIN AIR’s Hot Air blog. She is the 2010 recipient of the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Writer. When not being bookish, Ariel likes tromping through the woods.

[tags]pregnancy mothering urban nature Winnipeg prairies[/tags]

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Posted by Pearl on Aug 21 2010. Filed under Poetry. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site.
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3 Comments for “Hump by Ariel Gordon”

  1. Just a note to let you know that I have Hump, now, and I love the crisp diction and tight construction. In places I am reminded of Roo Borson, whom I admire greatly. Your “Preconception” is one of my favourites, but too many favourites to say that with any confidence.

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