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Saturday March 27, 2010 in Books
Composed like a dark novel-in-verse, Dominican Moon is the second book in Ken Norris’s travel trilogy. With Dante as his guide, he leaves behind the predominantly European terrain of the first book in this series, Limbo Road, and finds himself in the “terra incognita” of the Caribbean Sea.
On his own contemporary voyage of discovery of the island of Hispaniola, the “new world” Columbus discovered in 1492, Norris encounters seductive lovers and moon-haunted tropical nights, dark Dominican rum and winter baseball, sugar cane fields and “the city of shortstops.”
At the heart of the book is an unsettling story of the deficiencies of love—of a perhaps not so divine comedy of those who didn’t love enough—steeped in a clash of cultures wherein the third world willingly, even perversely, offers itself up as a farm-team for the first, fueled by the cataclysm of that other third world export, cocaine.
ISBN 13: 9780889225268 | ISBN 10: 889225265
6 W x 9 H inches | 144 pages
$17.95 CAN / $15.95 US
Backlist | Poetry | Bisac: POE011000
QUOTES OF NOTE
Ken Norris…has been hailed as Canada’s premier romantic poet.
— Toronto Star
One of the best poets of his generation.
About the ContributorsKen Norris
Ken Norris was born in New York City in 1951. He emigrated to Canada in the early seventies, where he quickly became one of the infamous Vehicule Poets, essential in helping to develop and maintain a particular style of Anglo-poetry in Montreal.
He is the author of two dozen books and chapbooks of poetry, and is the editor of eight anthologies of poetry and poetics. His work has been widely anthologized in Canada and throughout the English-speaking world, as well as published in translation in France, Belgium, Israel and China.
Norris teaches Canadian literature and creative writing at the University of Maine. He divides his time between Canada, the United States and Asia.
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