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Said the Cannibal Paperback – October 17, 2017
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover," illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Learn more
"How far removed are the appetites of the cannibal from those of confirmation aspirants eating of the flesh of Christ at the altar? Communion and the last supper, the transubstantiation of bread into living body, and the oleogustus of long pig on a spit ... images of discombobulated Barbies, a dog's head on a spike, the butcher shop, the abattoir, the hungry child salivating over the prospect of gormandizing her 4H calf, how are these more or less repugnant than considering the delicacies of a human liver served up to the hungers of the psychopath? There's plenty of black humour and dark comedy in the poetry of Laurie Smith. This well researched and sometimes wildly amusing book takes the reader on a journey through the horrifying necessities of starving pioneers, and the habits of anthropophagus societies of remote regions. Television cannibals with bones in their noses populate the imagination of this poet watching Gilligan's Island, or anyone who has experienced the B movie cannibals of small-town cinemas. What are we afraid of? This book by Laurie Smith serves up the delicious truth, and we laugh, or weep, or shudder, or look away, but when we do we see ourselves and in this glimpse a sometimes horrifying aspect of the human condition. We who are the outcasts of Eden must eat. And I wonder as I finish this book is there such a thing as a vegan cannibal?"
- John B. Lee Poet Laureate of the city of Brantford in perpetuity, Poet Laureate of Norfolk County for life.
About the Author
Laurie Smith is the author of The Truth about Roller Skating (CTP, 2011) and smack in the middle of spotlit obvious (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2016). She holds a M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Windsor. She resides in Windsor, ON and facilitates workshops as well as serving as co-publisher of Cranberry Tree Press. Smith Like her steak rare.
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