- 90 pages
- These Are Not the Potatoes of My Youth
- Matthew Walsh
- 25 March 2017 Matthew Walsh
You Let Him Channel His Inner Amphibianup To His Brainstem, A Floating Head Of Metamorphosis,and Dives To Where The Water Is Mostly Leeches, Yet He Recoversyour Shoes That You Were Sure Had Died, An Old Vacuum, A 64 Dime.He Is Your Father For A Dayat The River, Who Leaves When The Flowers Close, When Bees Goback To Their Honeycombs He Drinks, Garglesin The Bathroom, His Practice Of Ranges, Vocals And Your Father Floatsout, He S Laughing That He S Actually Touched Bottom.In This Confessional Debut Collection, Matthew Walsh Meanders Through His Childhood In Rural Nova Scotia, Later Roaming Across The Prairies And Through The Railway Caf S Of Alberta To The Love Letters And Graffiti Of Vancouver In This Nomadic Journey, He Explores Queer Identity Set Against An Ever Changing Landscape Of What We Want, And Who We Are, Were, And Came To Be.Walsh Is A Storyteller In Verse, His Poems Laced With Catholic Sensibilities And Punctuated With Maritime Vernacular In These Are Not The Potatoes Of My Youth, He Illuminates The Complex Choreography Of Family, The Anxiety Of Individuality, And The Ambiguous Histories Of Stories Erased, Forgotten, Or Suppressed Readers Will Find Moments Of Humour, Surprise, And A Queer Realization That All Is Not What It Seems.