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The Wild & Unfathomable Always (I)


From: For it is a Pleasure and a Surprise to Breathe


How I watched until the moon – Mind: Two Theories – Murmuration – Asemic Chair and Letter E – Comic Score – Speech (bird) – The Wild and Unfathomable Always, figure 18 – Door Sonnet – Translating Translating Apollinaire by Found Typewriter – Elabyrinth – Excalibur



Gary Barwin

Writer, musician and multimedia artist, Gary Barwin is the author of twenty-two books including the nationally bestselling novel Yiddish for Pirates, winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour, the Canadian Jewish Literary Award, and finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General's Award. He is a three-time recipient of the Hamilton Poetry Book of the Year, has received the Hamilton Arts Award for Literature and has co-won the bpNichol Chapbook Award and the K.M. Hunter Artist Award. Barwin has been writer-in-residence at McMaster University; the University of Western Ontario; Wilfrid Laurier University; the Toronto, Hamilton and London Public Libraries; Northern Ontario Writer's Workshop and Hillfield Strathallan College. He has taught writing in universities, colleges and in the community, including at McMaster University, King's College (Western University), Hillfield Strathallan College and Mohawk College. The author of many books of poetry, his work has been performed, exhibited and published internationally. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and at