The Good News about Armageddon

By (author): Steve McOrmond

Poems that occupy the difficult territory of contemporary crisis with great candour and trenchant wit.

Steve McOrmond’s unflinching take on contemporary life, with its saturnine candour and ironic focus, may remind readers of the anti-poetry of Europeans like Zbigniew Herbert: intense, humanistic and deeply sceptical of inflationary gestures or stagy rhetoric. Shedding illusions, but equally refusing the consolations of despair, McOrmond’s well-tempered satire is carried home on its own crisp music.

The title poem has, as it narrative background, the encounter between the narrator and a young door-to-door missionary, one who sets his worldly and jaded scepticism against her innocence and faith. “The Good News about Armageddon” poses questions that are difficult and durable (“In these hours of prolific / doubt, how will we acquit ourselves?”), as well as those that are topical (“Are Paris Hilton’s 15 minutes over yet?”) and probes with accurate wit (“We are an argument / for unintelligent design”). This is essential poetry for our time — astute, informed, bitingly satirical, yet grounded in its quest for words that, like Cordelia’s, reverb no hollowness.

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Steve McOrmond

Steve McOrmond was born in Nova Scotia, grew up on Prince Edward Island, and now lives in Toronto. His poems have appeared in literary journals and magazines across Canada. His work has been anthologized in Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets and in Landmarks: An Anthology of New Atlantic Canadian Poetry of the Land. He has received the Alfred B. Bailey Prize (Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, 1996), and the Milton Acorn poetry Award (1995). He has also been short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for his first collection of poetry, Lean Days. Primer on the Hereafter is his second collection with Wolsak and Wynn.


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Poems that occupy the difficult territory of contemporary crisis with great candour and trenchant wit.

Steve McOrmond’s unflinching take on contemporary life, with its saturnine candour and ironic focus, may remind readers of the anti-poetry of Europeans like Zbigniew Herbert: intense, humanistic and deeply sceptical of inflationary gestures or stagy rhetoric. Shedding illusions, but equally refusing the consolations of despair, McOrmond’s well-tempered satire is carried home on its own crisp music.

The title poem has, as it narrative background, the encounter between the narrator and a young door-to-door missionary, one who sets his worldly and jaded scepticism against her innocence and faith. “The Good News about Armageddon” poses questions that are difficult and durable (“In these hours of prolific / doubt, how will we acquit ourselves?”), as well as those that are topical (“Are Paris Hilton’s 15 minutes over yet?”) and probes with accurate wit (“We are an argument / for unintelligent design”). This is essential poetry for our time — astute, informed, bitingly satirical, yet grounded in its quest for words that, like Cordelia’s, reverb no hollowness.

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Dimensions:

112 Pages
8.75in * 6in * 0.405in
240lb

Published:

May 15, 2010

Country of Publication:

CA

Publisher:

Brick Books

ISBN:

9781894078832

Book Subjects:

POETRY / Canadian

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Language:

eng

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