Occupations



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Occupations


By Chris Jennings


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0-88971-265-4
978-0-88971-265-2
Nightwood Editions
5.5 x 8 - 96 pages
Paperback - $18.95
April 2012

“Chris Jennings’s work possesses a full poetic intelligence, by which I mean that passion is matched by intellect and intellect by humour—all this delivered in a voice that is equal parts rigorous vision and technical panache.”
—Roo Borson


The poems in Chris Jennings’s long-awaited debut poetry collection are linked at their core by a preoccupation with the ways objects or moments become charged with meaning. Narrative occupies the territory of memory, making the most ordinary things—a classified ad, the odds and ends of an estate auction, graffiti, an antique lancet, a vegetable stand—touchstones and reliquaries of other lives. Sometimes reserved, sometimes exploring what a poet can do with excess, Jennings moves fluidly between objective detachment, quiet intimacy and the tone of a cynic in a sentimental mood.