Animal Husbandry Today - ECW Press

Animal Husbandry Today

Sharpe, Jamie

  • An accessible and illuminating debut collection that explores the arranged marriage of the bestial and humane

    Logic is strained, existence contracts and multiplies, connections amputate then graft in incongruous ways in Jamie Sharpe’s poems, which, like a funhouse mirror, reflect our own absurd image.

    Nancy Reagan promotes crab salad (which is to say, her husband); the city of Paris spills into the countryside; a hammer seeks understanding through a vase. An assemblage of often disparate elements, Animal Husbandry Today attempts the ultimate reconciliation: that of the mind with the world.


    A plane crashes on the border of two countries.
    Can you wear white to the funeral
    If you’re a virgin before mayday?

    — from “Two Trains”

    Jamie Sharpe’s writing and art has appeared in magazines throughout Canada and the U.S., and he is editor of the Associative Press (, a literary and arts journal. He recently moved to the Yukon, where he is working on an MFA through the University of British Columbia’s optional residency program.

  • Published: October 2012

    ISBN: 9781770411067

    Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in.

    Pages: 112