by Laurie Smith
Release Date: October 2017
In a collection that is part dark humour, part history, part meditation on the darker portions of simple existence, Smith dazzles and entertains with her newest collection of poems. Here we play witness to starving settlers, unsettling mass murders, and television visions. Questions about what makes a meal and what makes murder illustrate the fine line that even the basic tenants of Christianity and the very basic aspects of civilized societies are approached in a fashion that are uniquely Smith’s style, leaving the reader with both laughter, occasional shutters, and lasting questions that come when a sharp poetic voice enlightens us to the nuances of our shared everyday lives.
Praise for Said the Cannibal:
How far removed are the appetites of thecannibal from those of confirmation aspirants eating of the flesh of Christ atthe altar? Communion and the lastsupper, the transubstantiation of bread into living body, and the oleogustus oflong pig on a spit … images of discombobulated Barbies, a dog’s head on aspike, the butcher shop, the abattoir, the hungry child salivating over theprospect of gormandizing her 4H calf, how are these more or less repugnant thanconsidering the delicacies of a human liver served up to the hungers of thepsychopath? There’s plenty of blackhumour and dark comedy in the poetry of Laurie Smith. This well researched and sometimes wildlyamusing book takes the reader on a journey through the horrifying necessitiesof starving pioneers, and the habits of anthropophagus societies of remoteregions. Television cannibals with bonesin their noses populate the imagination of this poet watching Gilligan’sIsland, or anyone who has experienced the B movie cannibals of small-towncinemas. What are we afraid of? This book by Laurie Smith serves up the delicioustruth, and we laugh, or weep, or shudder, or look away, but when we do we seeourselves and in this glimpse a sometimes horrifying aspect of the humancondition. We who are the outcasts ofEden must eat. And I wonder as I finishthis book is there such a thing as a vegan cannibal?
-John B. Lee, Poet Laureate of the city of Brantford in perpetuity, Poet Laureate of Norfolk County for life
About Laurie Smith:
Laurie Smith holds a M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Windsor. An editor and writing coach, she facilitates workshops and is co-publisher of Cranberry Tree Press. She’s won several poetry prizes, including 3rd place in the Great Canadian Panty Poem contest and first place in the Leonard Cohen Old Ideas contest, plus first place in short stories for the Detroit Tri-centennial Writing Competition and the Literary Arts Windsor Chapbook Competition. Collections include The Truth about Roller Skating (CTP, 2011) and smack in the middle of spotlit obvious (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2016). She does like her steak rare.
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