Dog Ear

By Jim Johnston

Dog Ear
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Like the "page turned down to make another / page," Dog Ear explores the marks we leave on a world whose social, political and personal markers are constantly shifting. In his fourth book of poems--and most focused work to date--Jim Johnstone establishes himself as an exquisite ... Read more


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Like the "page turned down to make another / page," Dog Ear explores the marks we leave on a world whose social, political and personal markers are constantly shifting. In his fourth book of poems--and most focused work to date--Jim Johnstone establishes himself as an exquisite observer of decay, both physical and spiritual. This is a universe where man resembles "the final / generation of a species branching / towards an in-between. " Johnstone's poetry blurs past and present, private and public in a kinetic style marked by weird semi-narratives, defamiliarizing close-ups and raw self-examinations.

Jim Johnston

Jim Johnstone is the author of three previous books of poetry. The Velocity of Escape (2008), Patternicity (2010) and Sunday, the locusts (2011). He is is a two-time winner of the E. J. Pratt Medal and Prize in Poetry, the recipient of a 2008 CBC Literary Award and Arc Poetry Magazine's 2009 Readers' Choice Award. Currently he's the Poetry Editor at Palimpsest Press, and an Associate Editor at Representative Poetry Online. He lives in Toronto.

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