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The Irrationalist chapbook
This sampling of poems from The Irrationalist by Suzanne Buffam is hand-set in Dante type with Michelangelo initials, and is printed on Magnani paper in an edition of fifty numbered copies by Hans van Eijk at the Bonnefant Press of Banholt, The Netherlands, made specifically for House of Anansi Press. The pages are bound, and the cover is removable.
The Irrationalist is the acclaimed follow-up to the award-winning poetry collection, Past Imperfect, from one of Canada's best poets. At once whimsical and heartbreaking, these eccentric lyrics investigate the shifting grounds of knowledge while refusing to take any authority -- be it Epictetus, Therese de Lisieux, Nicolaus Copernicus, Ma Yuan, or the fugitive spectre of self, to name only a few of the volume's dramatis personae -- too seriously. Here one inhabits a world on the eve of extinction, in which "astronomers predict a 'Big Rip' in the cosmos resulting in a cold, dark, never-ending end," and yet the darkness is continually illuminated by a pyrotechnics of curiosity, candor, and wit.