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Tiny, Frantic, Stronger

    By Jeff Latosik

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  Canada $11.95   



Winner: 2007 P. K. Page Founders' Award
Winner: 2008 Great Canadian Literary Hunt
Finalist: 2008 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award

In Tiny, Frantic, Stronger, Jeff Latosik considers states of durability and longevity in an age of ephemeral mores and instant gratification. Probing the pressure points where notions of physical, psychological, and technological strength continually threaten to erupt into their opposites, these poems ask which aspects of our daily lives might actually last beyond the here and now, beyond their own inherent limitations of time, person, and place.


Praise for Tiny, Frantic, Stronger

"These poems are chock-full of playful, irreverent humour, but beneath that humour is an insistent search for understanding. As strange and delightfully surprising as these poems often are, they are also intimate and vulnerable — a rare achievement in a debut collection. Jeff Latosik's is a fresh new voice." — Adam Sol, author of Crowd of Sounds and Jeremiah, Ohio

"Jeff Latosik's Tiny, Frantic, Stronger is infested with cockroaches, silverfish, wit and sharp turns. Watch where you're going: some of his lines broaden into fields; others are trap doors." — Sarah Lindsay, author of Mount Clutter and Twigs & Knucklebones

"In Tiny, Frantic, Stronger (whose title is derived from one of the poet's 'insect elegies'), a slap shot leaves a 'purple mouth' on a shin, days 'lean against the crowd fence of other days,' a subway train is 'a long, moody thing inside that grows like a vine,' and tomorrows come 'dressed in newspaper, balancing a phone book.'
   "In this clever, heartbreaking first collection, no subject is so small it can't hint at the ineffable, or so large it isn't fraught with the everyday struggle of being alive. Equal parts architect, clown, mesmer, and armchair psychologist, Jeff Latosik is the very best kind of poet: an original." — Kevin Connolly

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Poetry  ·  Canada $11.95  ·  US $9.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·  978-1-897178-95-9  ·  80 pages  ·  5" x 8"  ·  Insomniac Press
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