Previously Feared Darkness
Daring new verse from one of Canada’s most-established poets
Previously Feared Darkness picks up and pulls at the vibrant threads of Robert Priest’s last collection, Reading the Bible Backwards. One strand leads, with unabashed candour and elegance, through the author’s love life; another, through fields of praise; a third experiments with automated metaphors and delivers a challenging new selection of mashups that Priest calls meme splices. A fourth thread rekindles the author’s love of the prose poem to produce a suite of strange tales, bizarre playlets, and phonetic modifications. And, for those whose cry is “brevity forever,” the micro-poems Priest collects are numerous and brilliant. Previously Feared Darkness consorts with forms and subject matter to present the work of a master getting deep and nasty and hilarious with the best of them.
Robert Priest is the author of 16 books of poetry, three plays, two novels, lots of musical albums, one hit song, and many columns for NOW Magazine. His words have been debated in the legislature, posted in the transit system, quoted in the Farmers’ Almanac, and sung on Sesame Street. In recent years, his stint as Dr. Poetry on CBC Radio’s Wordbeat and his poetry videos on YouTube have helped him find a whole new audience. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.