Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Cockroach

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Cockroach

House of Anansi Press, 2008

I am most often cynical about what is currently fashionable and agreed with myself when I opened Hage’s second book and found myself inside the compound eye of hyper-conscious imagery. Yawn, I thought. Then I remembered meeting a cockroach that jumped out of the pages of a Toronto restaurant phonebook when I was there a few years back. “Yes,” I admonished myself, recalling the bug’s extra-responsive demeanor. “This is the alien world of humans as perceived by the damned.”