Jamie Sharpe's previous poetry collections, Animal Husbandry Today, Cut-up Apologetic, and Dazzle Ships, showed the work of not only a witty and perceptive mind but a wildly creative one.
His newest offering, Everything You Hold Dear (ECW Press) shows Sharpe at the height of his ability to surprise readers with delightful weirdness, out of the box storytelling, and subtle humour. A poetic mash up of memoir, imagination, and damn lies, Everything You Hold Dear is an utterly fresh and immensely readable collection.
We're proud to present an excerpt from Everything You Hold Dear, courtesy of ECW Press. Get a taste for Sharpe's fun, smart, and utterly singular style in these poems.
Excerpt from Everything You Hold Dear by Jamie Sharpe:
Ye Olde Horror Story
Instrumental Break, 42 Bars
No character development beyond flimsy
careers, dire apartments, dumb catchphrases.
Kyle claimed he’d karaoke Hot Chocolate’s
“Every 1’s a Winner,” then murdered
Vangelis’ “Chariots of Fire.” We sat, pre-pub-
escent horndogs, waiting. Slain by anything
willing to alight on us. Drunk, indolent,
in love. Worship without devotion.
Is this our last song?
Thank you weird,
Avalanche Kills One
Bought Stiegl Grapefruit Radler
and a condo overlooking
the detox centre
to view Alps
puke sour suns.
Thick, yellow voltas.
This excerpt is taken from Everything You Hold Dear by Jamie Sharpe, copyright © 2020 by Jamie Sharpe. Published by ECW Press.
Jamie Sharpe is the author of three other collections of poetry: Animal Husbandry Today, Cut-up Apologetic, and Dazzle Ships. He lives in Comox, B.C.