Next Door to the Butcher Shop

By (author): Rodney DeCroo



Rodney DeCroo

Rodney DeCroo is a Vancouver-based singer/songwriter and poet. Born and raised in a small coal mining town just outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he has called Vancouver home for years now. He has released a previous collection of poetry, Allegheny, BC (Nightwood, 2012) and seven music albums that have received critical acclaim in Canada, the USA and Europe. Music critics have named him one of Canada’s best folk/alt-country songwriters. Next Door to the Butcher Shop is his latest collection of poetry.


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Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rodney DeCroo’s second poetry collection, Next Door to the Butcher Shop, explores the permeability of memory and uncovers heart-wrenching beauty from shadowy grit.How quickly agedescends on us. Our memories are mapsto places that don’t exist. I was an emperoron a green lawn wearing a white sheetand a paper crown. The birds sang my praisesfrom the hedges and the treesDeCroo unsentimentally recounts moments suffused with grief, longing and loss, and offers a refreshingly unfiltered view of one’s self.I’d stand for days along the edges of expresswayto sing off-key into the screams of semi-trailers and carsuntil I stood within a cocoon of silence and flashing shadowsIn a deft combination of lyrical and visceral imagery, Next Door to the Butcher Shop offers a rare, sharp, first-hand perspective of life around the edges, with dark comedy dispersed throughout.

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96 Pages
8in * 5.5in * 0.39in


May 01, 2017


Nightwood Editions



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