The New Layman’s Almanac

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Deft and dazzling, brash and boyish, Jacob McArthur Mooney makes his debut on the poetry scene with a rare combination of verbal pyrotechnics and honest emotion. Using manic word-charm and an open heart, Mooney invents a prosody for the twenty-first century. With a passionate wisdom about the frustrations of how humans connect, these poems surprise us with protean language and satisfy us with wry, earthy sense.


A Guide to Enjambment

woke up and the girls who
lived across the street were
pretending to be cowboys. They had
two sticks with horse heads affixed to
the ends, they were galloping down
the one-lane laughing, experts at improbably mapping
a four-legged system’s
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“A rollicking debut from a young enthusiast with some of Walt Whitman’s beaming sincerity. . . . Mooney takes authentic and big literary risks, by exploring sincere emotionality, genuine political belief and considered poetic experiment. . . . This is Canada speaking, loud, clear, quirky and unashamed to be itself. This is surely one of the most audacious and fresh poetic debuts of the new Canadian century.”
- Globe and Mail