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I have never had the pleasure of such a list sent to me by any press copy editor until now & running my eye down this listing of words, brands, shows, bands, writers, terms & other lexical residue to be found in just one of my books of poems startled my psyche. So much life fusing in one small crowded place.

To contain multitudes is the aim, echoing Whitman. Or O’Hara’s tombstone: “Grace to be born and live as variously as possible.”

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Admetos

John Ashbery

Roland Barthes

BBQ

Belgian Fries

birdhouse

bladder wrack

a Blenz (Blenz Coffee)

Blunt Bros.

Eavan Boland

Betty Boop

braille

brand-new

bric-a-brac

Brillo

brome (wild grass)

Burzum (band)

caliche

Cannibal Corpse (band)

Anne Carson

caught unawares

CDs

the Chévarie

chow mein

the Cobalt

Cornish game hen

cremulator

cut-rate

Dalmatian

demitasses

Dexter

Tim Dlugos

Don Valley Parkway

door jamb

dopamine

Dr. Phil

Dude (beer)

the Dufferin

eelgrass

eight ball

Euripides

Family Guy

flash art

Formica

the Fraser

furzed

Gibbons, Alberta

Jack Gilbert

Garry Gottfriedson

ghusl

Granville Books

Gravol

Grey Goose Vodka

grim reaper

hard hats

Herakles

Highlife Records

House of 1000 Corpses

Iqaluit

Inquisition (band)

Jäger

Joy Katz

Judas Priest

Kijiji

Paul-Marie Lapointe

Lego

long johns

long-sleeve, adj.

Lugz (Lugz Coffee Lounge)

Mark’s Pet Stop

Mayhem (band)

memento mori

Menelaus

Meriones

W. S. Merwin

Michaelmas daisies

Neapolitan

non-rhetorical

Old Milwaukee

Ovaltine

Patroclus

Peter Jackson cigarettes

the Prophet

the Prairies

roadkill

Rottweiler

runneling

Muriel Ruykeser

Save On Meats

Shindaiwa

Shreddies

Sidekicks (Knorr)

Simply Cremations

Slickety Jim’s

slow cooker

Starbucks

Stella Artois

storefront

Superman

Matthew Sweeney

ritual of Tahara

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

towards

Übermensch

U-Haul

Valentine’s Day

Value Village

Victory Square, Vancouver

vigour

volta

Walmart

Weetabix

West Coasters

Xasthur

the Yellowhead

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