House of Anansi Press

Gun Dogs

Written by James Langer

Published April 01, 2009 | ISBN 9780887848223
POETRY / Canadian / General

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112 pages | 8.630 in × 5.630 in
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About this book

Gun Dogs

James Langer

Sample Chapter ↓

What is a Gun Dog? An uncontrolled creature purportedly under our control? These poems strain at the lead. The torque is felt in the line, the verb, the wild thinking in metaphor. The maturity of James Langer's vision reveals itself here in the cumulative effect of his rhetoric. He won't land on his quarry -- Love, Forgiveness, Respect of Place, Clarity of Memory. He will, however, attain wisdom within these poems, a measured equanimity that can be traced back to the Stoics. These lines are like those of Les Murray, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, and Robin Robertson. Here is a debut from a genuine, fully formed talent whose poems reach the sublime.

About the Author

James Langer

James Langer is the poetry editor for The Fiddlehead. His first collection, Gun Dogs, was published in 2009, and his work has appeared in numerous literary journals including TickleAce, lichen, Arc, Grain, Event, Fiddlehead, The Newfoundland Quarterly, Antigonish Review, and Riddle Fence. Originally from Trinity Bay, he now lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Awards and Praise
  • Short-listed Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, 2010