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Mary Dalton's breakthrough collection of poems--informed by the cadence and phrasing of Newfoundland vernacular and imbued with explosive energy. Born of a cultural tradition rooted in story and song, Mary Dalton's Merrybegot celebrates the poetic cadence and phrasing of the Newfoundland vernacular through a series of short dramatic monologues. These poems reel like an outlandish jig or spark and smoke like dry boughs flung upon a campfire. They are impassioned, sullen, outspoken or conspiratorial; each voice arresting in its idiosyncratic delivery, each story an element in the creation of a vivid and distinctive portrait of a people and a culture.… (more)