Written by Kevin Connolly
Publication Date April 01, 2008
The highly anticipated follow-up to the award-winning poetry collection drift, Kevin Connolly's Revolver is a daring marriage of brilliant technical skill and explosive imagination. Each of the poems in this extraordinary collection is written in a different vocal register -- revolving through poetic voices with precise control and sharp wit. Connolly reveals himself to be one of the few poets in Canada who can pull off such a high wire act, and make it both thrilling and meaningful.
Short-listed for the Griffin Poetry Prize 2009
Short-listed for the Trillium Book Award 2009
Kevin Connolly’s previous collections include Asphalt Cigar (finalist, Gerald Lampert Award), Drift (winner, Trillium Poetry Prize), and Revolver (finalist, Griffin Poetry Prize, Trillium Book Award). He teaches poetry in the MFA program at the University of Guelph-Humber and has been poetry faculty at the Banff Centre’s May Writing Studio. Connolly was poetry editor at Toronto’s Coach House Books from 2008–2013, and currently selects and edits poetry for McClelland & Stewart.
"Kevin Connolly is definitely not one of the pack. Revolver, his freewheeling fourth collection, is the versatile poet's follow up to drift...The 45 poems cycle through a mix of diction and tone, from nonsense verse to restrained elegy...Connolly's work is full of sly jokes, puns and wordplay...the entire collection is an entertaining game of words, starting with the table of contents." Toronto Star (Metro)
"...deliciously hyperbolic and sincere...the work of a poet in love with the sheer range and abundance of tools, available to anyone who practices this art...[Revolver] buzzes..." matrix
"What astounds the reader is the virtuosity with which Connolly wields all the poetic tools at his disposal. And this artistic multiplicity is not some elaborate masquerade. Connolly isn't pretending to be 45 different kinds of poet. Here, he is 45 different kinds of poet, and each is the authentic Kevin Connolly." Globe and Mail