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Written by Kevin Connolly

  • 96 Pages
  • 9780887847271
  • 8.500" x 5.500"
  • POETRY / Canadian


Publication Date April 01, 2005

What are we thinking at any given moment? What happens to a thought as that moment, on its way to oblivion, collides with its successor? Rambunctious, witty, joyous, and bittersweet, drift is an investigation conducted by a truly unfettered imagination. In fluid, sparkling cadences, Kevin Connolly's poems let the mind's downtime have the stage for a change -- the desert sky transformed; Spring Break as viewed by passing skipjacks; narratives of danger and dream narrative; a meditation on the business end of a sea cucumber; figures of history disfigured and left to wander the consumer grid -- such are the entirely odd, entirely current events in Connolly's world, a realm that stands at an acute angle from the place we normally live in but which we all seem to drift into. As one of Connolly's own high-voltage sonnets states, "what stops the heart starts the world." In drift's constant juxtaposition of abundance and loneliness, we hear what it is to confront a new century, having quite likely failed during the last. We're reminded, by a voice unlike any other on the Canadian landscape, that our solitude is painful yet precious.

Winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry 2006


Kevin Connolly
Kevin Connolly is a poet, journalist, and editor. His poetry collection drift won the Trillium Poetry Award, and his collection Revolver was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and for the Trillium Award. Kevin lives on a cat farm in Toronto's east end with his partner, writer Gil Adamson.


"Whitman established his individuality by incorporating multitudes. Connolly, on the other hand, lives in a world where it's nearly impossible to be an individual. Everyone represents everyone else - everything reflects everything, every day another building of mirrors goes up - and everyone, rather than containing multitudes, has become contained by multitudes." Chicago Review

"Anguish, mockery, the simple, searing truth of being and essence: these are some of the components of Kevin Connolly's astonishing and absolute poetry...These poems are what the Cyclone is to Coney Island - what poetry, at its thrilling, unsettling best, should be." Trillium Award jury citation

"Kevin Connolly invites readers to step beyond the usual bounds of the lyric, even as it presents the illusion of lyric poetry...drift is funny, yes, but the humour is cutting; it knows too well what its final line says: 'What starts the heart stops the world.'" Edmonton Journal

"Peppered with recognizable forms and diction, yet distinctly different in tone and content, drift sets Kevin Connolly apart from his contemporaries as a poet who unexpectedly delights in toying with reader expectations." Globe and Mail

"Though I'm not usually a fan of poetry too full of wordplay, Connolly (like Paul Muldoon) is one who can pull it off. But his sense of play goes beyond silliness. The poems that result, though completely contemporary, are ageless." subTerrain