by Daniel Goodwin
Format: Trade Paperback
Size: 5.52" x 8.52"
POE011000 POETRY / Canadian
Catullus’ Soldiers, Daniel Goodwin’s first poetry collection, takes aim at traditional dichotomies: love and war, the personal and the public, high culture and pop culture, the ancient and modern worlds. In accessible but finely crafted poems that are both understated and energetic, the poet moves easily back and forth between seeming antitheses, his field of vision shifting from Roman surgeon Galen reflecting on skills earned in treating the wounds of gladiators, to a contemporary husband and father reluctantly destroying a backyard wasp nest to protect his children. Throughout the collection run three major currents: the poet’s love for his family; his ambivalent reactions to the wider world of politics and war; and his private, persistent, sometimes furtive relationship with the Muse as he wrestles with the limitations and triumphs of art in its ambiguous role of mediating between epic and domestic spheres. Conscious of the need to return poetry to its rightful place in our culture and collective consciousness, Goodwin has dispatched Catullus’ Soldiers to appeal to both confirmed poetry lovers and readers who might not usually pick up a book of verse.
Publication Date: April 18, 2015
Winner, 2016 Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature (Poetry)
“Enjoyable, readable, fresh.”
— Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature Jury Citation
“Goodwin makes the mundane beautiful and the beautiful accessible within Catullus’s Soldiers. As a collection meant for both seasoned poetry fans and first-time readers, the writing hits its mark. The work is a commentary on language, is packed with metaphor, and Goodwin’s sense of humour winds effortlessly throughout the writing.”
— Telegraph Journal
“Navigating between Hebraic and Hellenic poles, Goodwin portrays a well-rounded, three-dimensional tapestry … Allusive yet accessible, Goodwin wears his learning lightly and with considerable wit … [his] soldier-poets converge on the page in alternating currents of surprise and satisfaction.”
— Malahat Review