Gary Geddes

Gary Geddes has written and edited more than forty books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama, criticism, translation, and anthologies, and won a dozen national and international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region), the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, and the Gabriela Mistral Prize from Chile, which was awarded simultaneously to Octavio Paz, Vaclav Havel, Ernesto Cardenal, Rafael Alberti, and Mario Benedetti. When not serving as Distinguished Professor at Western Washington University or Visiting Writer at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, he resides on Thetis Island, British Columbia.

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What Does A House Want?: Selected Poems

Gary Geddes

Publication Date: March 8, 2014

$19.95 Tradepaper

ISBN: 978-1-59709-276-0


What Does A House Want?: Selected Poems affirms Gary Geddes’s place as one of the premier Canadian poets of his generation. Equally at home with the lyric and the long poem, Geddes brings his “deadly accuracy in language and form” and his no-holds-barred style to bear on multinationals, Israeli-Palestinian violence, the guilt of Leon Trotsky, P.O.W.s, assassins, mad-bombers, China’s bloody Emperor Qin Shihuang, and the reputation of Ezra Pound. “Sandra Lee Scheuer,” a lyric on the Kent State killings, has been described as “the kind of poem most poets wait a lifetime for;” and The Terracotta Army, an award-winning sequence on politics and art, insists on the marriage of story and song, embracing narrative, yet achieving a rare and luminous lyric intensity.

Praise for What Does A House Want?:

“It comes as a relief to read work by a poet who appears to be at least as interested in the world as he is in himself. Here, we are happy to be conducted by Gary Geddes out of the glass dome of the ego and into a wider, more capacious world of culture, history, and even erudition.”—Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate, USA

“The poems in Gary Geddes’s What Does A House Want? have weight not often found in contemporary poetry, partly because they range far and wide, are not about one person, family, continent, or even era. They are fanciful, playful, sad, intense, frightening, and authentic, often all those at once.”—Mary Troy, author of Beauties