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The Reinvention of the Human Hand by Paul Vermeersch

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The Reinvention of the Human Hand by Paul Vermeersch

McClelland & Stewart, 2010

In The Reinvention of the Human Hand, Paul Vermeersch continues his ongoing poetic exploration of what it means to be human and alive in the physical world.

From the mean and humble origins of our genetic inheritance to the present-day complexities and limitations of the human form, from crude depictions painted on cave walls to pixilated images on a screen, and from the collective voices of "the hundred billion dead who came before" us, to the unspoken, private thoughts of individuals today, these poems ask us to question the various ways we see ourselves — in life as well as in art, in science as well as in myth — and then they ask us to look again.

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