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Arguments for Lawn Chairs

Arguments for Lawn Chairs

By Aaron Kreuter

The poems in Arguments For Lawn Chairs don't trust your grandmother's cooking. They have visited Pangea, they have visited Toronto and Montreal, the B.C. Gulf Islands, Tiberias, the tailing ponds near Sudbury, and they are still not satisfied, are still unconvinced, still need more proof. They are suckers for dovetailed boxes, winter fire pits, houses that sit not quite true, a rent garbage bag spilling its guts on Queen Street. The poems in Arguments For Lawn Chairs are devoid of hope, but are joyful nonetheless.


Guernica Editions (First Poets Series)


70 pages |

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Aaron Kreuter’s debut collection presents a new and playful voice – speaking clearly, convincingly – meditating on the environment, geopolitics, and personal identity. These poems engage with the confusions and contradictions of contemporary life in an age of networked subjectivity, but also consider urgent political concerns through poetic acts that reward our attention.

Stephen Cain, author of Torontology and I Can Say Interpellation

Kreuter's Arguments for Lawn Chairs is equal parts ecocritical lyric poetry and careful meditations on Judaism, artistic production, and the cityscape. Kreuter's collection is marked by a cyclicality, a back-and-forth pull between on the one hand wanting to become part of the earth, and on the other a desire to burn it all down.

Dani Spinosa, Canadian Literature: A Quarterly Criticism and Review

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About the author

Aaron Kreuter resides in Toronto. His poems have appeared in Best Canadian Poetry 2014, subTerrain, carte blanche, and Vallum, among other places. Arguments for Lawn Chairs is his first collection of poems.