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By Ben Ladouceur
Categories: Poetry
Paperback : 9781552453100, 80 pages, April 2015
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770564169, 250 pages, June 2015
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770564176, 250 pages, June 2015
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His body, like yours, would lie
mute as a plum
until a vigilant limb came
to a decision. As you might have guessed
I've come to one myself.

Moving from the absurdity of the First World War to the chaos of today’s cities, where men share beds, bottles of ouzo and shade from willow trees, these poems ask questions: If your lover speaks in his sleep, how do you know 'you' is you? What good is it to decorate a headstone? What if you think of the perfect comeback to a six-year-­old argument? Otter fails, with style, to find answers.

'Ladouceur writes with an awareness of queer history, documenting it faithfully, but with his own twist … This is poetry motivated by an honest wit. '
-- John Barton, Arc Poetry Magazine


  • Short-listed, Gerald Lampert Memorial Award 2016
  • Short-listed, Lambda Literary Award - Gay Poetry 2016