Mogul Recollected

By Richard Outram

© 1993

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  • Publisher: Porcupine's Quill
  • Page Count: 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.6in x 0.4in x 8.7in
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  • PUBLISHED OCT 1993
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    ISBN 9780889841741

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In 1836 an elephant drowned off the coast of New Brunswick. Poet Richard Outram explores the significance of this bizarre occurrence in his brilliant new volume of poetry, Mogul Recollected.

These witty and profound poems recreate the dismal conditions of Mogul's existence before he plunged to his death during a ship fire. Some are told from the point of view of Mogul himself, others from the perspective of ruthless trainers and circus owners. Recasting the tragedy as an inversion of the Noah's Ark story, Outram delineates with startling clarity man's betrayal of beast.

Mogul Recollected

By Richard Outram

© 1993

Product Details

  • Publisher: Porcupine's Quill
  • Page Count: 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.6in x 0.4in x 8.7in

`At first glance, this book seems simply to exploit an absurd and obscure moment in history. But Outram illuminates that moment and gives it meaning. He tells Mogul's story with grace and humour and majesty, in language that sometimes echoes Milton and Blake. And those who lament the passing of rhyme in Canadian poetry will be happy to see it used often, with considerable wit, in several pieces here.'


Atlanta Review

`These poems unsettle us with their wit and outrage, and with bardic visionary power and love move us to recognize the beauty and suffering of all creation.'


Ottawa Citizen

`These are clearly the poems of a virtuoso. Few poets now writing (here or elsewhere) have displayed throughout their work such an accurate sense of rhythm. I think of an earlier collection -- Man in Love -- and such poems as Dr Doolittle and Spring at the Cottage, in which the unapologetically latinate phrasing moves as nimbly as the Monarch butterfly on its cover. In Mogul Recollected this same ease of breath is evident in a wide variety of forms, from the biblically weighted The Prophet of Penobscot Bay to the scat-snappy The Insane Root.'


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`At the most lyrical of moments, fractured time, objects, and idiosyncratic details are telescoped and set awhirl in Outram's swirling style.'


Quill & Quire

`Richard Outram is one of the finest poets in the English language.'


Alberto Manguel

Outram was born in Canada in 1930. He was a graduate of the University of Toronto (English and Philosophy), and worked for many years at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a stagehand crew leader. He wrote more than twenty books, four of these published by the Porcupine's Quill (Man in Love [1985, Hiram and Jenny [1988, Mogul Recollected [1993, and Dove Legend [2001). He won the City of Toronto Book Award in 1999 for his collection Benedict Abroad (St