An ABC of Belly Work 
Peter Richardson's debut, A Tinkers' Picnic, introduced a new variety of tough talk to Canadian poetry with poems that, in their force-of-nature irrepressibility and verbal derring-do, typified nothing less than their own one-of-a-kind verve. With An ABC of Belly Work, Richardson has written another book of tall-tale, outsized poems full of aggressive banter and oddball colloquialisms. What sets Richardson apart, however isn't so much the way he frisks his poetry with free-wheeling and unpredictable touches, but the sincere fervency he brings to his concerns. Beneath all the enjoyable hamming-up, this inventive and irreverent second collection is rife with immensely moving conjectures on fatherhood, death and love.
Peter Richardson's poems have appeared in many Canadian and American publications. His first book, A Tinkers' Picnic (Signal Editions/Véhicule), was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award in 1999. For over twenty-four years Peter Richardson has been employed as an airport ramp worker, first at Mirabel, and then Dorval. He lives in Montreal.
"Richardson has an excellent sense of pacing and shows himself to be a master of the long sentence when he needs to be. Never very far from either humour or pleasure, these poems allow the reader to come away with a refreshed sense of the world."
-Journal of Canadian Poetry
Publication date: October 2003
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