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A Hamburger in a Gallery

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A Hamburger in a Gallery

Stuart Ross’s eighth collection of poems delivers a gallery of emotionally charged poetry experiments along with a series of philosophical meditations on the aesthetically contrived and sometimes downright quirky poetic processes that were followed to generate the poems in this book. A Hamburger in a Gallery is deeply engaged in demonstrating how art happens, especially through a poet’s immediate aesthetic engagement with other works of art. Comprised of poems written “after” the lines and language of other artists‘ works, “during” sessions of listening to other poets reading their poems, or constructed “from” the parts and pieces of other artists’ words, A Hamburger in a Gallery provides a distinctive experience of the relationship between the finished poem and the process that informed its creation. Blurring the boundaries between creative writing and creative reading, Ross has once again created an utterly original, accessible, moving, and avant-garde classic.

“Now considered to be Canada's foremost writer of the surreal, Ross is enjoying some much-deserved recognition and has taken his place as one of the cool uncles of Canadian poetry.”'

– George Murray, The Globe & Mail

“There's no other poet like Ross in North America: one who drinks deep from the leaping, skittering invention of early surrealists like Benjamin Peret but delivers it with the croaky conviction of a Jewish Captain Beefheart.”

– Brian Joseph Davis, Eye Weekly

Critical Comment

"Ross' poetics shift from the surreal to the straightforward, from the concrete to the downright meditative and philosophical, as well as through a strange humour, self-aware and even ironic sadness, and sense of deep loss that permeate much of the collection. 'I stagger in my living room,' he writes, to open the poem 'IN A FOREST OF WHISPERS,' 'wedged between the piano keys / You could go cryogenic / outside your own borders [.]'"

– rob mclennan's blog, June 2015

Author Stuart Ross

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Author Biography

Stuart Ross is the author of eight previous poetry collections, five works of fiction (two of them collaborative), two essay collections, and endless chapbooks. He is one-third of the sound trio Donkey Lopez, a founding member of the Meet the Presses collective, and the winner of the ReLit Prize for Short Fiction, the Elaine Mona Adilman Award for English Fiction on a Jewish Theme, and a prize from Académie de la vie littéraire au tournant du 21eme siècle. Stuart lives in Cobourg, Ontario, and blogs at


A Hamburger in a Gallery,Stuart Ross, 104 pp., 5 x 8, Poetry, April, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-927599-33-4 (paper) . . . $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-927599-34-1 (Bound*) . . . $32.95

* This book is “perfect bound” with an add-on hard cover, no dust jacket.

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Also by the Author

Dead Cars in Managua, Stuart Ross, 104 pp., 5 x 8, April 2008, Poetry — ISBN: 1-897190-33-6 (paper) ... $16.95 — ISBN: 1-897190-38-7 (Hard Cover) ... $31.95


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