Michael deBeyer

Michael deBeyer was raised in the farming community of Ayr, Ontario. His work has been published in a number of Canadian journals, including The Antigonish Review, The Fiddlehead and filling station. He currently lives in Fredericton, NB.

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Rural Night Catalogue
Michael deBeyer

2002 / Poetry / $16.95
9781894031639 / Trade paper / 96 pp

An intelligent and perceptive book about rural landscapes, Rural Night Catalogue sidesteps the linear world of the lyric poem to embrace linguistic playfulness, unusual perspectives and surprise. deBeyer has a gift for setting strong moods, colouring an afternoon on the veranda with a “sierra drawl” and giving specific texture to the smells in the air. These poems put time, light and humanity on the same plane, bending them together into tangible, familiar, forces.

Grounded in the rural landscape, deBeyer’s poetry reflects a fierce attention to detail and an inherent wildness. Devoted to sharing his encounters with fox, deer, barn doors and dusk, he shows his love of countryside and his passion for description. Though place names are few and far between, the reader is gripped by a distinct sense of belonging, longevity and connection, irrespective of specifics, as though each poem has its own frequency. George Elliott Clarke calls this a collection “powered by sense and by science.”

This debut collection was shortlisted for the 2003 Gerald Lampert Award.

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“deBeyer’s Rural Night Catalogue is a fiesta of images, a cavalcade of word combos, powered both by sense and by science.” George Elliott Clarke, Halifax Sunday Herald

Other Books by this Author

Gaspereau Gloriatur: Book of the Blessed Tenth Year, Vol. 2: Prose
Michael deBeyer, Kate Kennedy

2007 / Prose anthology / $27.95 CAN
9781554470396 / Trade paper / 288 pp
Gaspereau Gloriatur: Book of the Blessed Tenth Year, Vol.1: Poetry
Michael deBeyer, Kate Kennedy

2007 / Poetry / $21.95 CAN
9781554470389 / Trade paper / 192 pp
Change in a Razor-backed Season
Michael deBeyer

2005 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN
9781554470105 / Trade paper / 80 pp

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