A deft exploration of personal and cultural myths.

When Bob Dylan sang of "steps goin’ down into tattoo land" he might well have been signposting a direct route into the "borderlands" that are McCracken’s natural home.

In her seventh collection, McCracken’s interest in exploring marginal lives and obscured voices — as introduced in the 2007 release of Mooncalves — moves into intimate, interior territories that are as much metaphysical as they are physical. With the totemic tattoo — otter, wolf — and the metrics of flight as governing metaphors, these are poems which make shamanic forays into psychic spaces, charting the creative effort to recover and restore "deep energies." As the poet writes, "By habit I would hunt and delve / Worry the meaning of dreams about flight."

"Kathleen McCracken exhibits an uncommon fusion of poetic, colloquial, incantatory, private and public languages, achieving a resonance marking the best of what a lyric can do." — Canadian Literature

"McCracken possesses a keen sense of topic and has developed her own unique way of describing it."

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"A remarkable economy of thought and language … reveal the poise of a mature artist." — Toronto Star

TATTOO LAND - Kathleen McCracken
Poetry • 5.5x8 • 128 pages
Contains four original colour paintings by the cover artist, Gabriela Campos
(tpb/linen paper) $19.95

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