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ISBN: 9781988168364

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The Muse Sings


The Muse Sings and the poet sings songs of love and longing from states of joy, self-doubt, vexation, curiosity, affection, observation, mock-indignation…

The poems speak for themselves and sometimes “they talk all at once.” In seductive acts of language itself, they invoke and embrace the Muses as much as they do the writers who would become muses, from ancient Homer and Shakespeare to poets of contemporary time.

These poems are the seasoned work of a trickster poet in his prime with a crow’s eye trained on the world. No silent words on the page, these: they are alert, thoughtful, at turns cheeky and saucy. The poems all but produce decibels despite the inked imprint on the page that would fix them silent in place, until a living voice sets them free.


Dennis Cooley

DENNIS COOLEY has lived most of his life on the Canadian prairies, where for over 40 years he has been active as teacher, editor, poet, critic, anthologist, publisher, mentor, and supporter of writing. His work has been immersed in family, the prairies, and a play with form. His most recent titles include three books of poetry—The Bestiary, cold press moon, and The Muse Sings.

Chapter Title Contents Contributors Pages Year Price


what is your name – my fair lady – it is a calling – qu’appelle – the petulant poet – he having met the muse – there in the plaid light – buried … 34 $3.40


they come down with a bad case of poetry – they make beautiful music – he (almost) escapes with the muse – first edition – poetry: the ins and outs of – dearly … 39 $3.90


the muse, her powers – why not – on the other and – of all the luck – the romantic poet delivers – night an ink – LP – an itch an ache – muse of a … 48 $4.80


visitation – dream letter – #1 East – you, waiting – homecoming – dream of you – in tongues – dear valentine – reading – she appears – … 15 $1.50


apology – a poem for you 2 $0.20