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Coke Machine Glow


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Gordon Downie is the lead singer and lyricist for The Tragically Hip. Coke Machine Glow is his first book and solo recording. Downie lives in Canada and has a dog named Magnet.


"[Downie] writes in an accessible, entertaining way, but with a refined enough approach that his works can't be dismissed as crude or simplistic. When he wants, he can be quite funny, and he can drop Canadian references -- Pierre Trudeau, Tim Horton's, hockey, Canada geese -- without sounding like he's trying to be Canadian. His particular strength as a poet is his unusual, unexpected imagery... the words are exact, sensuous and satisfying." --National Post

"Downie's fertile imagination can no longer be contained within the Hip alone." --Nicholas Jennings, Maclean's "Downie has a casually attentive way with words; each one does its work without mystification or excess. At a time when poetry has mostly turned away from large-scale social realities, he bridges deftly and persistently between personal and national narratives. Like Greg Curnoe and Stan Rogers, he never learned that 'here' is a four-letter word." --Robert Everett-Green, Globe and Mail "Coke Machine perhaps the most eagerly anticipated poetry collection in recent memory...Downie doesn't disappoint...[He] is something of a national treasure." --Calgary Herald "Coke Machine Glow is a wildly enjoyable read...[Downie] writes of and from hotel rooms, hotel bars and diners, giving us a peek at the often boring and lonely, but occasionally exhilarating, life of a travelling performer." --Moe Berg, Globe and Mail "[Downie's] gentle irongy and clever conceptual turns are thoroughly contemporary and undeniably original...Downie's debut...possess[es] a distinct, personal vision and reintroduces whimsy and humour to an artform often hobbled by its own self-importance -- laudable achievements for any first book." --Kevin Connolly, eye Weekly "Songs like "Thirty-eight Years Old, ' 'Wheat Kings' and 'Nautical Disaster' have inspired a new generation of Canadian poets by demonstrating how relevant, contemporary narratives can be rendered in provocative yet accessible verse...[H]is best poems [are] elegantly understated..." --Quill and Quire

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