Saturday, October 15, 2011

#11 Creamsicle Stick Shivs by John Stiles

Spring 2006 


John Stiles' first collection of poetry, Scouts Are Cancelled, explored the dialect and the dilemmas of down-home life in Nova Scotia's rural Annapolis Valley.

In his second collection, the poet expands his horizons. Chronicling his movements from Canada's east coast to Toronto's self-obsessed urban core, following his heart around the world to find love and employment in England, these poems resonate with profound ideas and offbeat observations on people and place, on the variables that combine to create a person's identity, and what it means to leave, to seek, and to desire a home.

Alive with Stiles' distinct linguistic charms and poetic good nature, Creamsicle Stick Shivs is a book of subtle inventiveness and undeniable roguish delight.

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