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Every Inadequate Name

by (author) Nick Thran

Insomniac Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2006
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    Sep 2006
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In this, his highly anticipated debut collection of poems, Nick Thran fuses a whimsical pop sensibility with an urgent poetic gravitas that refuses to sell the human heart short. The resultant poems are emblematic of the clash between our private enthusiasms and the cool diffidence of the world around us. Here, a private school student stashes a stolen sheep's brain inside the bookcase of a girl he thinks is beautiful; a mother bakes banana bread with sugar borrowed from a neighbour who beats his wife. With equal parts playfulness and tenacity, Nick Thran writes refreshingly substantial poems about the risks we take in our struggle to remain passionate about something (anything) in an age when an ingrained cynicism attempts to keep genuine passion at arm's length.

About the author

Nick Thran is the author of one previous collection of poetry, Every Inadequate Name (Insomniac Press, 2006). His poems have appeared in numerous publications across Canada, including: Arc, The Best Canadian Poetry 2010, Geist, Maisonneuve, Matrix, The National Post and The Walrus. Since growing up in western Canada, southern Spain and southern California, Nick has spent the last few years living in Toronto, Ontario and Brooklyn, New York.

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