Shared Universe

New and Selected Poems 1995-2020

An invaluable aid in this time of troubled spirits, muddled truths, and convoluted thinking.” — Mark Mothersbaugh, Devo

Paul Vermeersch has reinvented the “new and selected.” Bringing together the very best of his poetry from the last quarter century with new and never-before-published works, Shared Universe is a sprawling chronicle of the dawn of civilizations, the riddles of 21st-century existence, and any number of glorious, or menacing, futures. Selected poetry collections are traditionally organized according to the books in which the poems first appeared, but these poems are arranged by prophecy and mythos, corresponding to the human (or trans-human) body, or as dictated by animal speech. In this universe, time is thematic instead of chronological, and space is aesthetic rather than voluminous. Here, alongside popular favourites, are recently unearthed gems and visionary new poems that reveal the books hidden within the books of one of Canada’s most distinctive and imaginative poets.


Paul Vermeersch

Paul Vermeersch is a poet, multimedia artist, creative writing professor, and literary editor. He is the author of several poetry collections, including the Trillium Award-nominated The Reinvention of the Human Hand and, most recently, Self-Defence for the Brave and Happy. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph for which he received the Governor General’s Gold Medal. His poems have been translated into Polish, German, Spanish, and French and have appeared in international anthologies. He teaches at Sheridan College and is the founding editor of Buckrider Books, an imprint of Wolsak & Wynn Publishers Ltd. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Chapter Contributors Pages Year Price
Ships, Silences, and Sanctuaries: On Paul Vermeersch’s Shared Universe by Daniel Scott Tysdal
22 $2.20
Shared Universe – Psalms of the MetaOccult – The Technology of the Future Will Emerge Hungry – Mental Aquarium – Magog – Leviathan
34 $3.40
Essential Apparatus for the Imaginary World – Mixing Grey: A Practical Guide for Painters – Basic Instructions for Anaesthesia – How to Protect Yourself from Monsters – On …
18 $1.80
Suburban Hauntology: Kitchen Wallpaper – Suburban Hauntology: On the Interpretation of Front Doors – Birth of a Fat Kid – Boolarandah – The Boys with the Blurred-Out Faces …
19 $1.90
Another Ark – The Animals We Imagine – Ape – Ode to Amoeba proteus – Dogstar – Blackbirds Appear – Notes Toward a Lexicon of the Language of the Bear holding …
18 $1.80
Liturgy for the Formal Exoneration of the Serpent in Genesis – The Painted Beasts of Lascaux – In the Glorious Absence of Gods – Twenty-One Days with a Baboon Heart – …
12 $1.20
Required Modifications for the Transhuman – As Fields Become Birds Become Clouds – Feeding the Deer – Standing in Front of Antlers Mounted on a Wall so It Looks like …
17 $1.70
We Are the Algorithm Made of Habits – What the Prophecy Could Not Foretell – The Birthday Chamber – I Am Happy to Live in an Age of Plenty – Interruption – The …
20 $2.00
I Feel Love: Hi-NRG – Asymmetrical Mirror Dance – He Considers the Possibility That None of This Is Real – Grendel’s Mother – Tinnitus – Don’t Wait for …
28 $2.80
When Pigs Learn to Fly – Little Fatso – The Fortunate Queen – Escar-Go-Go – What Did the Owl Hear? – Water on Mars – America Has Everything – Hush
8 $0.80