Book Review for Mudflaps for short dogs:

Subterranean Blue Poetry

Volume IX Issue X


Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: Mudflaps for short dogs

Author: Pearl Pirie

Publisher: Trainwreck Press

Date of Publication: 2021

Pages: 36

“Wild is the wind”
- from Wild is the Wind by David Bowie

A New Age tarentella spins into surrealist spaces, as if everyone is on a tour bus with the poet riding around the blue city, and this Chapbook is the poetry of broken thought outtakes, Mudflaps for short dogs by Pearl Pirie and Trainwreck Press. Pearl Pirie is an award winning poet and educator who lives and works in rural Quebec. She is the author of 24 Chapbooks and 4 poetry collections. She won the Lampman Award for the pet radish shrunken (Book*hug, 2015), the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry for Thirsts (Snare, 2011), amongst others. Her latest work is footlights (Radiant Press, 2020).

An original offering, in the spirit of “naive” poetry, a certain Dadaist event, in a very intelligent housing. The Chapbook begins with the quote, “A poem is an egg with a horse inside” a thought from a Third Grader and what transverses is like Dr. Suess gone wild. A surreal spin, plays with the light around nonsensical, a truthtelling, dancing with language in original form. Borrowing from the classical with nature images, pictures twist and turn in the warm wind. An internal dialogue that is truncated, a very intelligent weave, a presentation of the contrast of the dark housed in fantastical spaces.

From “but love can walk thru solid obstacles”

“I adopted the role of wearer of feathers, which
requires a lot of sweeoing up the falling and fallen.

gentlefolk, please return to your tour bus seats . . .
yes, fog does look passingly gelatinous. please sit.

to stay in the same place is more work than to change.
oh, who cut the yellow onions in here? is that rain?”

The Chapbook is divided into different chapters, particularly brilliant is “concretized”. A group of poems with fantastical cadence, playing on similar words that dance in a pictograph. By stringing similiar words like an intelligent white rap but rather than steady rhyme at the end of lines, leaves the Reader hanging and then tucks them in.

From “bathe”

rest a mule . . .”

and the poetry riffs and dances in a breathtaking theatre of poetics.

Flies on the wind of whirly gigs, an exciting original offering in New Age poetry, Mudflaps for short dogs by Pearl Pirie.

Available @ Trainwreck Press.

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