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Pastels are Pretty Much the Polar Opposite of Chalk

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Pastels are Pretty Much the Polar Opposite of Chalk

Pastels Are Pretty Much The Polar Opposite of Chalk is about the syntax of distinction, unlikely comparison, and the colorful drama that comes with choosing between actions, people, and things. Scenarios of rupture are set in shopping lines, bedrooms, tawdry boardwalks, train stations, and hospitals, as tinsel rains down slowly in the background. Nathaniel G. Moore’s poetry bears witness to staged altercations between previously unimagined oppositions, and asks the strangest questions: Do I like pretzels? What kind of pretzels do I prefer? How do I feel? Would I rather watch a car chase or be in one? What is Golden Flint? Do they sell that at the grocery store? Have I told you the story of when I fell in love with you? Like a sensitive psycho surrealist, Moore provides answers to all the questions in his wonderfully wrought and affecting poetic riddles.

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Author Biography

Dubbed a "Toronto small-press fixture" by Flare in 2005, Nathaniel G. Moore is the author of the humour book Bowlbrawl, the Catullus-infused novel-in-poems Let's Pretend We Never Met, and the teen-psychodrama-noir novel Wrong Bar. He is an editor at Broken Pencil and a columnist for Open Book. From 2004-2009, he served as an editor for Danforth Review. Pastels Are Pretty Much the Polar Opposite of Chalk is his fourth full-length trade collection. Please visit him at www.nathanielgmoore.net.

Pastels are Pretty Much the Polar Opposite of Chalk, Nathaniel G. Moore, 88 pp., 5 x 8, Poetry, October, 2009

ISBN: 978-1-897190-57-9 (paper) . . . $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-897190-58-6 (Bound*) . . . $31.95

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