The Saddest Place on Earth

The Saddest Place on Earth

by Kathryn Mockler


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'Mockler's skill with language and narrative beat lends itself well to these unapologetic poems. At times I found myself groaning out loud, or shaking my head to get a grip on what I had just read. There is heart and terrific depth in this work.' — Canadian Poetries

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781897190326
Publisher: D C Books
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

Kathryn Mockler is the author of the poetry book Onion Man (Tightrope Books, 2011). Her writing has appeared in such venues as Joyland, The Antigonish Review, Rattle Poetry, CellStories, PIF, The Puritan, La Petite Zine, nthposition, and This Magazine, The Capilano Review, Descant, and The Windsor Review. In 2005, she attended the Canadian Film Centre's Writers' Lab and wrote two short films for the NBC/Universal Short Dramatic Film Program. Her films have been broadcast on TMN, Movieola, and Bravo and have screened at festivals such as the Washington Project for the Arts Experimental Media Series, Toronto International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Festival, Worldfest, Cinequest, and EMAF. Currently, she teaches creative writing at the University of Western Ontario and is the co-editor of the UWO online journal The Rusty Toque. The Saddest Place on Earth is her second complete collection of poems.

Table of Contents

Murder 1

Lucky 2

The Saddest Place on Earth 3

Colour Television 5

Anti-depressants 6

Cross-eyed 8

Deep Sadness 9

The Queen Bee 10

The President 12

Rock Out 14

Weights 15

Global Warming 18

Ugly Girls 19

Twister 21

Serial Killers 23

The Dog and the Laundromat 24

The County Fair 25

Thin Blue Snake 26

The Wedding Reception 29

Environmentalism 31

Gunshots 32

Humanity 36

The Cottage 37

Subway 39

The Government 40

Bookstore 41

The Banker 42

Weight Watchers 43

We Don't Usually Act This Way 44

The Bomb 51

The Captains 53

Skinheads 54

Something That Happened in the Future 57

Rat Tail 58

Air Vents 59

Malice 60

Oprah 61

Ghost 62

The Lamp and the Light Bulb 63

Incident with Two Policemen 64

Pigeons 66

White Snake 67

Illustrations David Poolman

Bedroom Community cov

Malice ii

Bad Dad v

Final Wagon Ballad viii

Slugger 17

I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of This Town 35

The Four Pound Brick 70

When the Ransomed Get Home 73

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