Next Door to the Butcher Shop (Paperback)

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Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rodney DeCroo's second poetry collection, Next Door to the Butcher Shop, explores the permeability of memory and uncovers heart-wrenching beauty from shadowy grit.


How quickly age


descends on us. Our memories are maps


to places that don't exist. I was an emperor


on a green lawn wearing a white sheet


and a paper crown. The birds sang my praises


from the hedges and the trees


DeCroo unsentimentally recounts moments suffused with grief, longing and loss, and offers a refreshingly unfiltered view of one's self.


I'd stand for days along the edges of expressway


to sing off-key into the screams of semi-trailers and cars


until I stood within a cocoon of silence and flashing shadows


In a deft combination of lyrical and visceral imagery, Next Door to the Butcher Shop offers a rare, sharp, first-hand perspective of life around the edges, with dark comedy dispersed throughout.

About the Author


Rodney DeCroo is a Vancouver-based singer/songwriter and poet. Born and raised in a small coal mining town just outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he has called Vancouver home for years now. He has released a previous collection of poetry, Allegheny, BC(Nightwood, 2012) and seven music albums that have received critical acclaim in Canada, the USA and Europe. Music critics have named him one of Canada's best folk/alt-country songwriters. Next Door to the Butcher Shop is his latest collection of poetry.



Product Details
ISBN: 9780889713307
ISBN-10: 0889713308
Publisher: Nightwood Editions
Publication Date: August 26th, 2017
Pages: 96
Language: English