Gimp Crow is a fiesty, discontented creature, at one—or at odds—with the hard facts of urban life. Evoking dust-bowl prairie, songs of yearning, and a simple but meaningful life, Kowal captures the wild human heart, trapped in cityscapes and human-constructed mindscapes.
This quirky collection about a crow with a bad leg blooms into a free-flying grace of words as the clumsy bird tears free from his boring prairie life in search of a bigger destiny. Along the way, Gimp Crow collects a magpie from Alberta and a raven from the West Coast, adn learns about love and loss. Though the skies look bluer the farther from home he flies, Gimp Crow has to decide if it's just a matter of perspective.
Ken Kowal's full-length debut Gimp Crow is a left-handed doozer of a prairie picaresque. It's rude, wise, sly, and sad. In pulverized rhyme and crabby free verse, Kowal sketches a tale of the eponymous mangled avian and his gals, his pals, his son. Fall asleep beside Gimp Crow, it'll eat your third eye.
Colin Smith, author of 8 x 8 x 7
Turnstone Press acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Government of Canada, and the Province of Manitoba through Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage.