Henry's Creature

Henry's Creature

Poems and Stories on the Automobile

Book - 2000
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Black Moss Press in 1999 began a series of anthologies celebrating the big concerns of our lives. The first two were about sports (Loser's First) and love (I Want To Be The Poet of Your Kneecaps). This year, the press turns its attention to cars. For Black Moss Press, the year 2000 is the year of the car - that blessed creature that hums along the highway in the intimidating shadow of trucks, that catches the slip stream and is gone like a cool breeze. The works in this anthology celebrate sex in the back seat., grow nostalgic for the comfortable cars of our fathers and lust after the cherry red convertible coups of our secret desires. These poems and stories put women behind the wheel and send them on journeys alone across the wide flat prairies. They stink of grease and petrol. They get under your nails like grit and the grime of old engines. They remind us of the past with chrome and fins of the fifties and hearken to the future in a brand new dream machine. In these poems, you will witness how one man expresses his disappointment over a flat tire by walking around his car whacking it with a snow shovel. You will feel the thrill of speed and the freedom and beauty of the landscape with wind at the windows that ruffles your hair. You will remember lost loves. You will read road maps and dream long journeys. You will arrive at your destination remembering what it meant to be carried indoors asleep in the arm of your mother at the end of the day. And in these poems and stories, you will curse the lemons and cuss the non-starters and celebrate the supercharged wonders of your youth. This love hate relationship with Henry's Creature - the car - seems a universal metaphor for life in North America, as we see the future in our windshield, the present all around us and the past in our rear view mirrors and we know that the automobile reminds us where we're going, where we are and where we've already been. And we know that there's something purely Canadian about black ice, road salt, winter and the battery frozen to death in Saskatoon. We know the ubiquitous road-killed porcupine of New Brunswick is a national symbol. We know the rust rot that eats away all late model cars. These authors get under the hood where things happen we don't quite understand. They shake hands with grease monkeys, used car salesmen, and breathe in the exhausted redolence of being alive on the cusp of what was and is and will be a central part of our lives since Henry Ford watched the first people's car roll off the assembly line almost a century ago.
Publisher: Windsor, ON : Black Moss Press, 2000
ISBN: 9780887533488
0887533485
Branch Call Number: 819.15408/HEN 4565 1
Alternative Title: Carry Alice to the car / Deanna Yonge
Endless intersections / Rob McLennan
Las MontaƱas Verdes / Halvard Johnson
Foot on the gas, foot on the brakes / Roger Bell
Honda commercial / Richard Stevenson
Balm of Gilead / Penn Kemp
Elsie's things / Hugh MacDonald
Migrant mother (Dorothea Lange) / Dorothy Mahoney
Bessie Smith / Peter Stevens
Converstions / Richard Wynne
Paraphrasing Don Mckay / Rob McLennan
Shadow driving / Joe Blades
The trucker on the 401 / I. B. Iskov
What I don't know / Marilyn L. Taylor
The procession / Paul Vasey
A bite of horseradish / Glen Sorestad
Drum roll / Elana Wolff
Arizona dead or alive / John Tyndall
Everything is new / Judy Gaudet
Father Love / Barry Dempster
Celebration / Robert Wynne
Garage sale : after divorce papers are served / Leonora Smith
Beaumont / Hugh MacDonald
Waiting room / F. Richard Thomas
Death of serious injury can occur / Robert Wynne
Four poetesses / Linda Rogers
35 in the backseat (in reverse) / Ronnie R. Brown
Week-ends at the Buddha Hotel / Linda Rogers
If you can't see my mirrors, I can't see you / Leslie Anne McIlroy
Down here on the ground / Peter Stevens
Weirdoes on the highway / John B. Lee
True men's adventure / Hugh MacDonald
How to change a flat / Leslie Anne McIlroy
Shaped by the wind / Robert Hilles
Drive all night / Marilyn L. Taylor
The car window / Michael Schneider
Seasons / Robert Hill
Driving South in a dream / John B. Lee
Driving : change of heart / Alison Pick
Roadtrip / Brent Robillard
The first time I dreamt of flying / Lynn Tait
Over Toronto / Dorothy Mahoney
Holding one end / Robert Hilles
Just cruising on a Sunday afternoon / Barry Butson
Cars / Barry Dempster
Going off the road near Bishops Mills / James Deahl
Winding down the 20th century / Glen Sorestad
What / Stan Dragland
Dream and the car / Frank Pool
Traffic fatalities / Richard Stevenson
Driving boundary road / James Deahl
Driving to Dresden / Marty Gervais
Twenty miles towards the pole / John Terpstra
Gravel run / Barry Butson
Riding the milk truck / Marty Gervais
Directions / Richard Wynne
Naked she drives / F. Richard Thomas
How like an angel / April Bulmer
The eminent ruin of the road / Jeff Meyers
Nowheresville / Jeff Meyers
On air / Penn Kemp
Driving late to the party / Jeff Worley
His own brand of reckless SPEED / Mimi Mayer
The car / Grace Butcher
Auto / Matopoeia / John Clark
Tribute to Henry Fjord # 99 / Barry Butson
Psalm for a new set of wheels / Michael J. Wilson
Car parts / Leonora Smith
Convertibles to hardtops / Julie Berry
Beep beep, beep beep, yeah! / Richard Stevenson
Letting Betsy go / Cornelia Hoogland
Volkswagen song / Sheila Martindale
Forty / Elana Wolff
Chrysler employees never die / Lynn Tait
Oh the humanity / Laurie Smith
Venus trap / Diana Stokes
Wheels / John Terpstra
Rebcon II TM / Richard Stevenson
Bill / Roger Bell
Going through the ice / Robert Hilles
Donuts / Roger Bell
Sunday afternoon outing / Dorothy Mahoney
My father's favourite car / John B. Lee
Checker / Catherine Daly
The galaxy / Marty Gervais
Becky and Nick / Gayle Brandeis
Car alarm / Julie Bruck

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