The Reinvention of the Human Hand
Paul Vermeersch’s new poems give a present-day voice to primitive song, and restore to us a dawn-time severity that cuts through modern evasions. They go beyond sophistication to reveal the passionate and suffering animal within. The Reinvention of the Human Hand is a poetry of the human body’s experience, of a primal being that struggles to assert itself, or perhaps just survive, in a world of metals, plastics, electronics. Here is the most far-reaching work yet by the acclaimed author of Burn, The Fat Kid, and Between the Walls. Vermeersch has always gone in search of understanding. Now his discoveries speak of a human world exhausted by its divorce from an animal past, terrified of retreating into early places it never truly left, astonished by the forgotten possibilities disclosed there.
McClelland & Stewart
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Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing | Poetry
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (FHASS)
A finalist for the Trillium Book Award.
© Paul Vermeersch
Vermeersch, Paul, "The Reinvention of the Human Hand" (2010). Books & Chapters. 5.
Vermeersch, P. (2010). The reinvention of the human hand. McClelland & Stewart