Amanuensis

By (author): Phil Hall

Phil Hall is well known as a writer and supporter of “work poetry.” He stands in solidarity with workers, with the little guy, the often faceless many. His poetry can be fierce in their service, but it is sponsored by humane inquiry, not dogma. Amanuensis takes its title from a poem about ghostwriting, and the image plays teasingly over the whole volume. The language of this poetry, often spare and yet astonishingly sensuous, springs from mysterious though not supernatural sources in commonplace experience approached with reverence. Followers of Phil Hall’s work will welcome the appearance in Amanuensis of a selection of his terrific workplace drawings.

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Phil Hall

Phil Hall is a writer, editor, and teacher. His first book, Eighteen Poems, was published in 1973. Among his many published titles are: Old Enemy Juice (1988); The Unsaid (1992); Hearthedral–A Folk-Hermetic (1996); An Oak Hunch (2005); White Porcupine (Book*hug, 2007); Killdeer (Book*hug, 2011; winner of the 75th Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry and the Trillium Book Prize, and shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize); Small Nouns Crying Faith (Book*hug, 2013); Guthrie Clothing: The Poetry of Phil Hall, a Selected Collage (2015); and My Banjo and Tiny Drawings (2015). Hall has taught writing at York University, Ryerson University, Seneca College, George Brown College, and elsewhere. Phil lives with his wife near Perth, Ontario.


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Phil Hall is well known as a writer and supporter of “work poetry.” He stands in solidarity with workers, with the little guy, the often faceless many. His poetry can be fierce in their service, but it is sponsored by humane inquiry, not dogma. Amanuensis takes its title from a poem about ghostwriting, and the image plays teasingly over the whole volume. The language of this poetry, often spare and yet astonishingly sensuous, springs from mysterious though not supernatural sources in commonplace experience approached with reverence. Followers of Phil Hall’s work will welcome the appearance in Amanuensis of a selection of his terrific workplace drawings.

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Dimensions:

68 Pages
8.5in * 5.5in * 0.1875in
0.306lb

Published:

January 16, 1989

Country of Publication:

CA

Publisher:

Brick Books

ISBN:

9780919626423

Book Subjects:

POETRY / General

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Language:

eng

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