The Muse Sings
The Muse Sings and the poet sings songs of love and longing from states of joy, self-doubt, vexation, curiosity, affection, observation, mock-indignation. ..The poems speak for themselves and sometimes "they talk all at once. " In seductive acts of language itself, they invoke ... Read more
The Muse Sings and the poet sings songs of love and longing from states of joy, self-doubt, vexation, curiosity, affection, observation, mock-indignation. ..The poems speak for themselves and sometimes "they talk all at once. " In seductive acts of language itself, they invoke and embrace the Muses as much as they do the writers who would become muses, from ancient Homer and Shakespeare to poets of contemporary time. These poems are the seasoned work of a trickster poet in his prime with a crow's eye trained on the world. No silent words on the page, these: they are alert, thoughtful, at turns cheeky and saucy. The poems all but produce decibels despite the inked imprint on the page that would fix them silent in place, until a living voice sets them free.
Dennis Cooley has lived most of his life on the Canadian prairies, where for over 40 years he has been active as teacher, editor, poet, critic, anthologist, publisher, mentor, and supporter of writing. His work has been immersed in family, the prairies, and a play with form. His most recent titles include The Home Place (essays on Robert Kroetsch's poetry), and two books of poetry--Abecedarium and Departures.
- Manitoba Writers' Guild Lifetime Achievement Award 2013, Winner
- League of Canadian Poets' lifetime member award 2015, Winner
Praise for Dennis Cooley's writing:"Cooley unwinds and unweaves, reknits and retangles but is never at a loss of words. " - Derek Beaulieu, Calgary Poet Laureate"Cooley stays alive in his music, the singer, the jester, the dancer in broken lines--he rejects the routine, finds the right found words, and sloughs off the dead language, death itself. " - Maurice Mierau, author of Autobiographical Fictions"Mind-bending wordplay and genre-defying experimentation. " - Jon Paul Fiorentino, [Cooley's] in fine form here, full of the acrobatic playfulness that has become his trademark. (Indeed, [he] sometimes seems like the only author today who actually enjoys writing. ) -The Winnipeg Free Press