I Cut My Finger

I Cut My Finger is Stuart Ross's first full-length poetry collection since his acclaimed Hey, Crumbling Balcony! Poems New & Selected (2003). The poems here show Ross's ever-expanding breadth, from his trademark humour and surrealism, to pointedly experimental works and poems of human anguish. Here, a poet includes a letter threatening suicide in his submission of poems to a literary journal; a businessman dons flippers to swim along the sidewalk to his downtown office; the U.S. military follows a trail of red ants to glacial redemption; the writer finds profound joy in a tower of canned niblets. But beneath the slapstick exterior of so many of Ross's poems there lurk dark threats and darker pleasures.

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By Ida (Stockholm, Sweden) · ★★★★☆ · August 15, 2009
I enjoyed the imagery in these poems, they were like dreams, sort of surreal and fuzzy, you can't really grab a hold of them, you have to just let them wash over you, some of the time they could be absurd, or funny, but they're all honest and very striking. ...more
By Annick (Canada) · ★★★★★ · March 17, 2014
a bit like irving layton, but more creative, and with a sense of humour. ...more
By O_Bill (Nanaimo, BC, Canada) · ★☆☆☆☆ · February 07, 2015
Pretentious dreck. Writing should be left to real writers. ...more