Be Calm, Honey

David W. McFadden

ISBN 1-894469-38-0 (978-1-894469-38-8)

$18.95 CDN / US
140 pp

In his first book since the Griffin-shortlisted Why Are You So Sad?, David W. McFadden offers up a gross of sonnets that display his trademark wit, mischief, curiosity, and quirky wisdom. A tour de force of compression, these brief poems — as full and satisfying as his longer narrative works — explore politics, religion, love, and poetry itself, with cameo appearances by Charles Bukowski, Jesus Christ, George Bowering, and Junichiro Tanizaki. Be Calm, Honey is at once deeply humanistic, poignant, and funny as hell, plainspoken, philosophical, and outrageous. Now into his fifth decade of writing, McFadden shows us what it is to live a life devoted to poetry.

“A poet’s not a poet unless he thinks he’s the only poet in the world.”
— Sonnet XXV

Shortlisted for the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Awards



Toronto Star considers the GG shortlist

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Hamilton poet shortlisted for GG’s award

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