Book launch: Song of the Taxidermist poems by Aurian Haller

Poetry author and singer-songwriter, Aurian Haller, has launched a new book, Song of the Taxidermist, and has succeeded in once again creating a sense of fascination and unease in his work.

The poems in the title sequences are framed around a taxidermist performing his work on various animals while thematically exploring what is beautiful and the role of the onlooker in making that determination. There’s something fresh and fantastic in Aurian Haller’s view of the world. In Song of the Taxidermist, he demonstrates both an attraction and discomfort with the independence of the body—its struggle to the self’s colonizing imperative.

Employing a dominant visual and intellectual imagination, a camera and a nomadic inquisitiveness, he investigates the ways that flesh inhabits the spaces around us.

In this suite of poems, Haller draws on the stories of famous specimens such as the celebrated French giraffe, Zarafe, and the Alaskan sled dog, Togo. This stunning new collection, so carefully executed in image and phrasing, so agile in its metaphors, is both astonishing in scope and lush in its imaginative landscape.

About the Author
Aurian Haller is an award-winning poet and singer-songwriter. He is the lead singer in the Aurian Haller Band, whose unique blend of folk, rock and jazz is supported by Haller’s haunting lyrics. Haller’s poetry has appeared in Arc, Descant, The Antigonish Review, and in his acclaimed collection, A Dream of Sulphur. He has won numerous national awards, including a National Magazine Award for poetry and the Malahat Review Long Poem Prize. Haller grew up in the foothills of the Rockies and now lives in Quebec City.
Please join us on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at 8 p.m., at the Morrin Centre
Presented in collaboration with La Maison Anglaise. Since 1985 La Maison Anglaise et Internationale has been supplying its customers with a great variety of English and Spanish books.

Presented in English, the launch will be followed by a bilingual question period and refreshments. To reserve, contact [email protected] or 418 694-9147.