ISBN 13: 978-1-894469-57-9
Carey Toane’s much-anticipated first collection of poetry starts at the 1851 Great Exhibition in London. Through this early world’s fair, Toane examines our current relationship to our man-made and natural environments. This eclectic, adventurous work, blurring the lines of two centuries of human folly and achievement, is filled with curious animals, anachronisms, and anxieties galore.
“This remarkable debut teems with Carey Toane’s piquant wit and perspicacious gaze. Both wisecracking and wise, these poems explore how we shape the cultural and natural environments around us, and wonder at the very human experiences of contradiction, beauty, technology, happiness, and invention. Yes, there’s no time like the present (whenever that was or will be), and we could use a guide like The Crystal Palace to help us with our hopes and our hungers.”
— Gary Barwin, author of The Porcupinity of the Stars
“Men push west and east and up and Carey Toane chronicles their folly. The Crystal Palace provides unsettling reminders that no corner of the earth is untouched by our need to roam and consume. How good it is to be redeemed by poetry, a tender song launched straight into the darkness.
— Lisa Jarnot, author of Black Dog Songs and Night Scenes