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The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts

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A Globe and Mail Best Book

Praise for The New Layman's Almanac:
"A rollicking debut from a young enthusiast with some of Walt Whitman's beaming sincerity. . . . Mooney takes authentic and big literary risks, by exploring sincere emotionality, genuine political belief and considered poetic experiment. . . . This is Canada speaking, loud, clear, quirky and unashamed to be itself. This is surely one of the most audacious and fresh poetic debuts of the new Canadian century."
- Globe and Mail

"[Mooney] offers a mischievous, postmodern spin on the ol' compendium. . . . The raw material of much of Mooney's work is familiar. . . . But these common subjects are refracted through an idiosyncratic, antic syntax. Above all, Mooney revels in playing with language. . . . A cerebral lark."
- Toronto Star

About the Author

JACOB McARTHUR MOONEY's debut book of poetry was the much acclaimed The New Layman's Almanac. His work has also received the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award. A respected poetry commentator and critic, Mooney writes the popular Vox Populism blog, and was a panelist for the National Post's Canada Also Reads competition. A Nova Scotian now living in Toronto, he is a recent graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing programme at the University of Guelph-Humber.

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High flier Feb. 25 2012
By Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso' - Published on
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I've not seen his first but since someone gave it five stars I gotta plug this one. Centered around a famous air crash and then flying and airports in general so with unavoidable 9/11 echoes, it's a stunner. The guy also has a blog, vox populism. Canadian, huh? Yeah, me neither - but after Michael Lista's gob-smacking Bloom (see review) I've been sniffing out what he likes (he has a monthly column). Like Bloom, the volume under review demands to be read consecutively. I like that in a collection, kind of like linked short stories. Except obviously they're not stories