Little Wild

Little Wild

Curtis LeBlanc
$18.95


Little Wild explores the performance of masculinity in contemporary Canada, with a focus on how toxic masculinity relates to mental health, aggression, substance abuse and crises of identity. Through the reimagining of family histories and personal experiences, the poems in this collection exact a representation of a young man in conflict with outdated ideals of virility, struggling to redefine himself on his own terms. Little Wild is a provocative and revealing portrayal of masculinity as it is understood—and misunderstood—in a contemporary and ever-changing context. The poems are as powerful and unsettling as they are stark, combining unsentimental imagery of the natural world with first-person commentary, while exploring narratives of boyhood, adolescence and adulthood.


 

“... these elegiac, conversational poems consistently assemble evocative scenes before the speaker makes a startling, poignant observation or a surprising, brazen assertion. Reading Little Wild is like thumbing through a family album where every photograph, when flipped, is labelled differently than expected. As the book proceeds, one can’t help but be amazed by LeBlanc’s knack for suddenly shifting focus, so that familiar occurrences shine in new and peculiar ways, or chronicled events relay unexpected lessons.” - Canadian Literature, Reviewed by Neil Surkan, November 14, 2018


“If ever there were a collection of poetry that would interest a young man, this would be it. The poems are stylish yet straightforward, concerning a range of topics familiar with teens… Though it all LeBlanc maintains such a believable stance, it’s impossible not to love him, foibles and all (sneaking beers, believing pronouncements from a Ouija board.) Street hockey, basketball, an assortment of bad jobs- there are no pretensions here, only a thoughtful look at the real world, full on, amazed.” - BC Books for BC schools catalogue 2018-19


Nightwood Editions
ISBN: 9780889713376
Paperback / softback
5.5 in x 8.0 in - 80 pp
Publication Date: 20180428
BISAC Subject(s):: POE011000-POETRY / Canadian / General,POE023050-POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Family,POE023000-POETRY / Subjects & Themes / General 
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Little Wild explores the performance of masculinity in contemporary Canada, with a focus on how toxic masculinity relates to mental health, aggression, substance abuse and crises of identity. Through the reimagining of family histories and personal experiences, the poems in this collection exact a representation of a young man in conflict with outdated ideals of virility, struggling to redefine himself on his own terms. Little Wild is a provocative and revealing portrayal of masculinity as it is understood—and misunderstood—in a contemporary and ever-changing context. The poems are as powerful and unsettling as they are stark, combining unsentimental imagery of the natural world with first-person commentary, while exploring narratives of boyhood, adolescence and adulthood.


 

“... these elegiac, conversational poems consistently assemble evocative scenes before the speaker makes a startling, poignant observation or a surprising, brazen assertion. Reading Little Wild is like thumbing through a family album where every photograph, when flipped, is labelled differently than expected. As the book proceeds, one can’t help but be amazed by LeBlanc’s knack for suddenly shifting focus, so that familiar occurrences shine in new and peculiar ways, or chronicled events relay unexpected lessons.” - Canadian Literature, Reviewed by Neil Surkan, November 14, 2018


“If ever there were a collection of poetry that would interest a young man, this would be it. The poems are stylish yet straightforward, concerning a range of topics familiar with teens… Though it all LeBlanc maintains such a believable stance, it’s impossible not to love him, foibles and all (sneaking beers, believing pronouncements from a Ouija board.) Street hockey, basketball, an assortment of bad jobs- there are no pretensions here, only a thoughtful look at the real world, full on, amazed.” - BC Books for BC schools catalogue 2018-19

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Nightwood Editions
ISBN: 9780889713376
Paperback / softback
5.5 in x 8.0 in - 80 pp
Publication Date: 20180428
BISAC Subject(s):: POE011000-POETRY / Canadian / General,POE023050-POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Family,POE023000-POETRY / Subjects & Themes / General 
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