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Mammoth

Larissa Andrusyshyn’s début collection confronts loss and mourning by exploring the lyric science behind keeping things alive in a world where technology is at work reviving extinct species. Through strikingly innovative uses of metaphor, personification, and surrealistic leaps of narrative imagination, this exciting and wide-ranging collection of poems about family and memory in the context of human bio-intervention pushes our thinking about the relationship between parts (fragments, shards, things washed up in pieces) and wholes (cohering personal narratives and stories, ecosystems, and other contextualizing frameworks, The Universe). Witness to the process and fact of her father’s death, Andrusyshyn proceeds to find him again through a series of innovative poems that move seamlessly from the Museum to the Petri dish, the fairground to the cloning lab. Mammoth approaches the incomprehensibility of death from the perspective of Blake’s “Auguries of Innocence” and consequently develops its own mode of post-Darwinian elegy, wherein death is examined without bathos, through the paleontologist’s magnifying glass and the geneticist’s microscope.

 

 

 

 


 

Author Larissa Andrusyshyn

 

Author Biography

Larissa Andrusyshyn’s first book Mammoth (DC Books 2010) was shortlisted for the QWF First Book Prize and the Kobzar Literary Award. Her poems have been shortlisted for Arc Magazine’s Poem of the Year and the Malahat Review’s Open Season Award. She works with a local non-profit to offer creative writing workshops to at-risk youth. She lives, writes and is planning her zombie apocalypse survival strategy in Montreal


Mammoth, Larissa Andrusyshyn, 88 pp., 5 x 8, Poetry, April, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-897190-63-0 (paper) . . . $16.95

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Also by the Author

Proof, Larissa Andrusyshyn, 68 pp., 5 x 8, November 2014, Poetry — ISBN: 978-1-927599-30-3 (paper) . . . $17.95 — ISBN: 978-1-927599-31-0 (Hard Cover) . . . $32.95




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