Book details

Publication date: March 2021
Series: Robert Kroetsch Series
Keywords: Religion; Violence; Mental Health Struggles; Dogma; Power; Racism; Addiction; White Privilege; Male identity; Alcoholism; AA meetings; Canadian Poetry; Confessional Poetry; Catholicism; Gun Violence; Personal Struggle; Youth identity
Subject(s): POETRY / Canadian / General, POETRY / Subjects & Themes / General, Religion; Violence; Mental Health Struggles; Dogma; Power; Racism; Addiction; White Privilege; Male identity; Alcoholism; AA meetings; Canadian Poetry; Confessional Poetry; Catholicism; Gun Violence; Personal Struggle; Youth identity, Poetry, Canadian Literature / Poetry, Poetry by individual poets, Modern & contemporary poetry (c 1900 onwards)
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Aidan Chafe. Aidan Chafe is the author of Short Histories of Light, which was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. He has also published two chapbooks, Right Hand Hymns and Sharpest Tooth. His poems and reviews have appeared in journals including Arc, CV2, PRISM international, EVENT, and Vallum. He lives on the ancestral unceded homelands of the Coast Salish peoples (Burnaby, BC).

"The poems in Gospel Drunk transfigure hockey bros, hazing rituals, and the warmest parking lot in Canada into a bioluminescence of interconnections. By drawing upon the personal, Chafe is able to write with pointed authority to the central struggle of our age: the structural abuses of faith. Redefining the dowry of religion’s aftermath, Chafe crafts work out of reason and imagination, showing how metaphor can help carry us across the turbulence of our times."

Kevin Spenst, poet and author


"At the heart of Aidan Chafe's impressive sophomore collection is a bare-knuckle interrogation of organized, patriarchal religion. Languishing in the space between faith and doubt, the speaker of Gospel Drunk gives himself over to awe and observation, exploring violence, masculinity, addiction, and structural injustice in lyrics that are sonorous, deliberate, and searching."

Annick MacAskill, author of Murmurations

I
2 Disciple
3 Galileo
4 Trust
5 Helmets and Gloves
6 Social Development
7 Ode to the Hockey Bro
8 Churches, Trucks and Shallow Pools
10 Driving Through Kitsilano
11 Suburban Lament
12 Two Lips
13 Fall of the Empire
14 Meditation on Enclosed Space
16 This Might Be the Warmest Parking Lot in Canada
17 Another Seasonal Poem
19 We Are Bioluminescent
20 Passage
II
22 Struggling Protagonist
23 Indelible
24 Sizing Up
25 The Light Salesmen
26 Prayer in the Age of Unreason
27 Mary Too
29 Sacrificial Sons
31 Eternal Optimist
33 Land in the Name of Taking
34 Suffering as Spectacle
35 Holes
36 Hard Rain
37 Sonnet in Defence of Lust
38 Nothing Written Is Sacred
III
40 Gun Journal
47 Safety Rules
48 The Strongman
49 The Activist
50 Eyes of the Assailant
51 Good Men
52 Colonial Chokehold
53 Fallen
54 Superhero AA
55 Epistle of the Inebriate
56 Empty
57 Ode to Ruin
58 Drowning Man Sonnets
73 Notes
75 Acknowledgements

ISBNs: 9781772125467 978-1-77212-546-7 Title: gospel drunk ISBNs: 9781772125672 978-1-77212-567-2 Title: gospel drunk