Icon of verdigris and pale lichen, odalisque pelted with algae, ark of beetles and moon moths, paralytic rooster mute as a burl. Slow lover of red hibiscus and tossed, fragrant leaves, hanging saber- clawed and masked like a robber. Torpid idol suited for drowsy sin.
Raised on Vancouver Island, Dan MacIsaac is a third-generation lawyer and served for ten years as a director on the board of the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria. His poetry, verse translations, and fiction have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals and magazines. One of his stories was short-listed for the 2009 CBC Literary Awards, one of his poems received the 2014 Foley Prize from America Magazine, and another poem was short-listed for the 2015 Walrus Poetry Prize. He lives in Victoria. Cries from the Ark is his first poetry collection.
Humankind, at present, has breached floodgates that have only been breached before in ancient stories of angry gods, or so far back on geologic and biological timelines as to seem more past than past. Against this catastrophic backdrop (at the end of consolations, at the high-water mark), and equipped with a periscopic eye and a sublime metaphorical reach, poet Dan MacIsaac has crowded his debut vessel with sloths and auks, mummified remains and bumbling explorers, German expressionists and Neolithic cave-painters.
With the predominant “I” of so many poetic debuts almost entirely absent, Cries from the Ark is catalogue and cartography of our common mortal—and moral—lot.
Arrived September 2017.
Purchase from the Brick Books website or at your local bookstore. $20.
Breaching the floodgates.
The copyrights of all poems included in the series remain with their authors, and are reprinted with the permission of the publishers.