There, there

By Patrick Warner

The pithy and pensive poems in Patrick Warner’s highly entertaining second collection, There, there, strike at subjects such as exile, pigs, mud trout, Mormons, bakers, children, hotels, insurance companies and marriage to explore the often poignant struggle between what we say and what we mean. Mr. Warner’s poems play off the surface tension that separate words from world, creating verbal splashes that rise out of our subconscious understanding of language. Sometimes surreal in mood and always surprising in their discoveries, these poems leave the reader looking at a world more strange than they could have imagined.

There, there includes the poems Capelin and Tortoise at Toronto Zoo, the 2002 and 2004 winners of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Award.

Mr. Warner’s first collection of poems, All Manner of Misunderstanding (Killick Press), was nominated for the 2002 Atlantic Poetry Prize and for the 2003 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards.

Critics praised Mr. Warner’s previous book. Reviewers at TickleAce called it “An exceptional book in its reach and its accomplishment.”

Patrick Warner is a librarian at the Queen Elizabeth II Library at Memorial. His poetry and prose have appeared in numerous publications including, TickleAce, Poetry Ireland Review, Metre (Ireland), The Newfoundland Quarterly, The Fiddlehead, and Matrix. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.