Coke Machine Glow

Coke Machine Glow

Book - 2001 | Vintage Canada edition.
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Gordon Downie, lead singer and lyricist for the popular Canadian rock band, The Tragically Hip, released his first solo record, Coke Machine Glow in Spring 2001. Vintage Canada is proud to have to published Downie's first book of poetry, under the same title. It also contains the lyrics to the sixteen songs on the record.

Coke Machine Glow is a rich, haunting collection that reveals both the public and private selves of one of Canada's most enigmatic musicians. In poetry that is urban, gritty and political, as well as romantic, nostalgic and whimsical, Downie allows us a glimpse inside his world. With his acute and observing eye, he gives us snapshots of his life, both on the road and at home; he writes of loneliness and isolation; of longing and desire; of the present and the past; of dreams and nightmares; love lost and love of family. Ultimately, this book is about the distances that bridge and separate us.

Layered and deceptively simple, imbued with Downie's wit, insight, anger, compassion and rock 'n'roll edge, Coke Machine Glow is a remarkable debut. With its publication, Gordon Downie becomes a part of the wonderful literary tradition of Canadian songwriters like Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell who are also poets.
Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2001.
Edition: Vintage Canada edition.
ISBN: 9780676974010
Branch Call Number: 819.16 Downi
Characteristics: 94 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Mar 12, 2020

The brightest orange
the words of a ghost
a fantastic orgasmic phantom
a Canadian icon

You dive deep
allow it to surround you
“What was he wearing
when those words tumbled from
his immaculate mind?”

Floating on that
Coke Machine Glow
from hotel to hotel
gig to gig
the strange becoming
oh so familiar

The most brilliant orange
like a beacon
to those who loved him
to those who now must go on
without him

- KS Thompson
March 2020

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