A Whirl at Whirligig
Canadians knw Ernest Buckler, the author of the 1978 Leacock Medal winner Whirligig, best as the novelist whose first work The Mountain and the Valley is always ranked high in serious Canadian fiction.
Some of the essays in Whirligig are clever and generally consistent with his thoughtful persona. But the book is more interesting when Buckler plays with different formats, takes shots at his own profession, and indulges in bad poetry -bawdy limericks, works of many stanzas, and poems of two lines. Poems about animals, religion, culture, relationships, marriage, and often - sex.
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