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Not Even Laughter

Phillip Crymble

ISBN: 978-1-910669-02-0

Page Count: 88

Publication Date: Friday, October 30, 2015

Cover Artwork: Detail from Semi-Circular by UK graphic artist and illustrator Simon C. Page. Designed as part of a minimalist geometric series of lithographic prints released in 2010 entitled Futurism: an Odyssey in Continuity.


About this Book

‘Phillip Crymble is a rueful and reluctant lyricist, a poet who assures us “It doesn’t mean that much to me. It doesn’t.” And yet the poems’ economy of utterance and eloquent plainness make clear that it does. It is good finally to have the separate poems in Not Even Laughter brought together all in one place. Crymble has found, seemingly without looking for it, a voice all his own, a burly “FM baritone”—skeptical, attentive, seen-it-all, wry, loving—with accents part Ulster, part Canadian, part “all over.” Read this book with a hangover, and it will bring everything right.’
Richard Tillinghast

Not Even Laughter is one of the most assured first collections I have read in a long time. The tightly controlled lines, rich with detail, surprise in their unfolding transforming the common-place into something otherworldly and ultimately lead the reader down roads “to places well beyond what’s signed.” A truly fine achievement.’  Gerard Beirne

In his praise of Crymble’s 2007 Lapwing chapbook Wide Boy, Simon Armitage remarked that “Pop culture, punch-lines and poetry find an easy and admirable accommodation here.”


Author Biography

Phillip Crymble was born in Belfast, and emigrated to Canada with his family as a child.  He holds two Bachelor's degrees, and in 2002 earned his MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he went on to teach for a number of years.  The recipient of several Canada Council for the Arts Professional Writer’s grants and a finalist in both The Poetry Business and South Tipperary Arts Centre’s annual chapbook competitions, his work has appeared in The North, Magma, The Stinging Fly, Iota, Oxford Poetry, Causeway, Cúirt Annual, Succour, Abridged, Crannóg, The Moth, Revival, Frogmore Papers, Burning Bush 2, Poetry Ireland Review, The Salt Anthology of New Writing, and numerous other publications worldwide. In 2007 he published a short collection with Lapwing and was selected to read in Poetry Ireland’s annual “Introductions” series.  Phillip now lives with his wife and son in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where he divides his time between serving as a poetry editor for The Fiddlehead, and pursuing a PhD in American Literature at UNB.

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