Synopses & Reviews
An accessible and illuminating debut collection that explores the arranged marriage of the bestial and humane Logic is strained, existence contracts and multiplies, connections amputate then graft in incongruous ways in Jamie Sharpes poems, which, like a funhouse mirror, reflect our own absurd image. Nancy Reagan promotes crab salad (which is to say, her husband); the city of Paris spills into the countryside; a hammer seeks understanding through a vase. An assemblage of often disparate elements, Animal Husbandry Today attempts the ultimate reconciliation: that of the mind with the world. A plane crashes on the border of two countries. Can you wear white to the funeral If youre a virgin before mayday? from Two Trains”
"Jamie fits a Dada-like sensibility into precisely structured lines. His contemporary drunks and vandals, roller rinks and bowling alleys coexist with an erudite historical consciousness." —www.DianeLefer.wordpress.com
"Jamie Sharpe's debut collection of poems, Animal Husbandry Today, pushes the boundaries of poetry in new directions. . . . Sharpe's work will ultimately reach a large audience of readers, connoisseurs, and artists. His variety is his strength." —Switchback
Composing an arranged marriage of the bestial and humane, this anthology finds a balance between instinct and intellect. The featured poems clarify vision through the funhouse mirror—logic is strained, existence contracts and multiplies, connections amputate and then graft in incongruous ways—reflecting the human races own absurd image. From Nancy Reagan promoting crab salad to Paris spilling into the countryside and a hammer seeking understanding through a vase, this assemblage of often disparate elements attempts the ultimate reconciliation—that of the mind with the world.
About the Author
Jamie Sharpe is the editor of the literary arts journal the "Associative Press." He has contributed to numerous periodicals throughout the United States and Canada. He lives in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.