Nerve Squall

Nerve Squall

Book - 2005
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Winner of the 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize


traffic jam: corkscrewing

the only way out.

Nerve Squall is a field guide like no other, a surreal handbook to a landscape at the crossroads of meteorology and neurology, where the electrical storms without and the electrical impulses within converge.

Legris's fascination with weather, ghosts and brain disorders is the starting point for a collection of poetry that ensures you'll never look at nature the same way again. You'll find snow golems and ghost cats, and a sky filled with fish swimming the winds of a storm. And you'll find a haunted terrain where the natural world becomes an allegory for our most intimate fears.

Despite their dark and often cinematic approach, these poems are also tinged with a sly, apocalyptic wit that can't help but laugh as the sky falls.

Nerve Squall is a vital exploration of the symbiosis of storm, nerve and language, a sure-handed guide to the end of the world.

'Legris loves language, the way it radiates, not just for what it can say by syntactic regularity and accumulation, but for its cellular resonances ... Powerful resonance is created over a whole page with a minimum of words, in a sculpture that hardly qualifies as verse as we commonly know it. But there is no question that it is poetry, and [that it] is the use of words at its most pared. Here is Legris' brilliance, her knife-edged attention at its finest.'

- Open Letter

Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Coach House Books, 2005.
ISBN: 9781552451601
Characteristics: 112 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.


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Sep 30, 2018

Although the use of vocabulary is diverse and inventive, the work in this work really strains using the word poetry of it; the work is quite prosaic and formless, and largely nonsensical; its hard to discern any rhythms (there is no meter), any narrative, or indeed anything substantive. The verbal fireworks are spicy and make up to whatever extant it can the shortcomings.

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