By Lyle Neff
Full Magpie Dodge is about the shiny brightness of modern urban life, its pressures and joys. More-or-less artful dodgers populate its pages, along with office workers, crows, exhausted junkies and jubilant lovers. Intertwined with all their lives is the unforgotten rural past and the still turbulent North; in short, its a book that takes Canadian life as it is: startlingly robust, enduring, and sometimes beautiful.
Lyle Neff's work has appeared in subTerrain, Geist, Prism International, Adbusters Quarterly, Canadian Dimension and Seventh Wave. His first collection of poetry,Ivanhoe Station (Anvil Press), was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Also published by Anvil Press are Full Magpie Dodge and Bizarre Winery Tragedy. Neff lives and works in Vancouver.