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For It Is a Pleasure and a Surprise to Breathe

For It Is a Pleasure and a Surprise to Breathe is a poetry collection by Gary Barwin.

Gary Barwin

For 35 years Gary Barwin has been opening up new ways of being in poetry. In this long-awaited new and selected collection, For It Is a Pleasure and a Surprise to Breathe, Barwin and his editor, Alessandro Porco, have drawn from his extensive writings in previously published books, chapbooks, small press works, magazine and journal publications, including unpublishing and uncollected works to create this category-defying book. Over the course of the collection Barwin uses a variety of forms and styles to explore themes from aesthetic investigations to questions of identity and culture, from ecopoetics to questions of language. Throughout Barwin stretches language to its fullest extent, whether he's exploring alternative translations or working with images as poems; he continually moves readers from surprise to delight. (From Buckrider Books)

Barwin is the author of several poetry collections and one novel. His novel, Yiddish for Pirates, won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.

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