Poems that take the skin off emotion, let laughs out like hens from the roost: Skrag, farm mongrel, springs to the whistle in bony narrative, endearing as the musk he charms and obeys; “Descartes & Dick,” mad-cap Western, turns Descartes loose on a plane of rustic lunacies where cowboys attend closely upon ladies and the finer points of grammar; lyrics, including “The Cottage Poems,” stray through a landscape of pain and rejoicing where those who wait are sustained by the smallest miracles.
"...a witty, postmodern collage of adventures of Descartes and adventures of Deadwood Dick." — American Library Association
"The poems are beautifully crafted, their phrases subtly strung together....a lyrical and often poignant collection." — Prairie Fire Magazine
"[Arnason's] skilful, almost lavish use of alliteration, consonance, and internal rhyme lends a formal, elevated quality to the easy eloquence of his lines. These poems offer the double pleasure of having something to say...and of reading unusually well; I would love to hear them performed." — Journal of Canadian Poetry
"Arnason is a lover of language and of its ambiguities." — Border Crossings
"No matter what he is writing about -- a drunk, dancing girl, roses, or the English Department at the University of Manitoba -- Arnason is reminding us of who we are, of what we are like." — Freelance
David Arnason is an acclaimed novelist, writer of short fiction, and editor. A finalist for the Leacock Medal for Humour (King Jerry) and a winner of the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award (The Imagined City), David has taught at the University of Manitoba since 1972. He has served as both the acting head of the Department of Icelandic Studies and head of the Department of English. Currently, he lives and writes in Gimli, MB.