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The Hard Return is a broken list of metaphors for the human heart. Or it’s a troubling elegy for a disposable world. Or it’s something much less serious than that. Alternating between loving descriptions of 21st century excess and awkward social situations, Marcus McCann’s poems are sincere and ironic, sad and half-joking, often in the same instant.
Praise for Marcus McCann:
"From the startling metaphoric seize of the opening, the lines propel themselves full throttle, through sonic reverberations and imaginative mimesis."Praise for Soft Where:
--Stephanie Bolster, John Newlove Award Citation
“This stunning book explores the possibilities of bringing image to life, written in the language of the people and soaked in a heart of sapphire. The jury was intoxicated by this book.”Marcus McCann is the author of Soft Where and eight chapbooks, most recently The Glass Jaw and Town in a Long Day of Leaving. In Ottawa, he was the artistic director of the Transgress Festival, facilitator of the Naughty Thoughts Book Club and a host of CKCU’s Literary Landscapes. His work has been shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and in 2009 he was the winner of the John Newlove Award. He now lives in Toronto.
--Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, jury citation
“Sexually, technically, and technologically charged, Marcus McCann’s poetry is invigorating and accessible to anyone with an imagination.”
--Ashley Dick, The Leveller
“Lock up your sons.”
--Tony Martins, Guerilla Magazine