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The book of marvels : a compendium of everyday things

Author: Lorna Crozier; Barbara Pulling
Publisher: Vancouver ; Toronto ; Berkeley : Greystone Books, [2012] ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In a series of playful and startling prose meditations, celebrated writer Lorna Crozier brings her rapt attention to the small matter of household objects: everything from doorknobs, washing machines, rakes, and zippers to the kitchen sink. Operating as a sort of literary detective, she examines the mystery of the everyday, seeking the essence of each object. She offers tantalizing glimpses of the household's  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Crozier, Lorna, 1948-
Book of marvels.
Vancouver : Greystone Books, ©2012
(CaOONL)20129043850
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lorna Crozier; Barbara Pulling
ISBN: 9781926812755 1926812751
OCLC Number: 808199782
Notes: A collection of prose poetry examining the mystery and wonder of everyday objects, such as lamps or doorknobs.
"Editing by Barbara Pulling"--Title page verso.
Description: 131 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Air Apple Bed Bicycle Bobby Pins Book Bowl Brain But Button Collar Ceiling Chair Chin Clothes Hanger Coffee Pot Starts with the Letter "K" Crowbar Darkness, Its Origin Dictionary Doorknob Eggs Eraser Feet Flashlight Fork Fridge Glossography of G Gum Hands Happiness Hat Heart Hinge Ice Ironing Board Jell-O Kitchen Sink Knife Lamp Light Bulb Linoleum Lobe Measure The Midnight News Mirror Moon Mop Mouth Navel Needle No Nose Nose: Two Stories Objects Plate Quicksilver Radiator Rake Scissors Screw Shakers Shoe Shovel Sky Snail Snow Spoons Stone Stool Stove Table Toaster Tooth Towel Umbrella Vacuum Warts Washing Machine-New, Front-Loading Wheelbarrow X Yo-Yo Zipper
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"In a series of playful and startling prose meditations, celebrated writer Lorna Crozier brings her rapt attention to the small matter of household objects: everything from doorknobs, washing machines, rakes, and zippers to the kitchen sink. Operating as a sort of literary detective, she examines the mystery of the everyday, seeking the essence of each object. She offers tantalizing glimpses of the household's inhabitants, too, probing hearts, brains, noses, and navels. Longing, exuberance, and grief colour her reflections, which at times take on the tenor of folktales or parables. Each of the short portraits in The Book of Marvels stands alone, but the connections are intricate; as in life, each object gains meaning from its juxtaposition with others. Crozier approaches her investigations with a childlike curiosity, an adult bemusement, and an unfailing sense of metaphor and mischief. With both charm and mordant wit, she animates the panoply of wonders to be found everywhere around us and inside us."--Publisher's website.

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