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THE DAINTY MONSTERS

Michael Ondaatje

[First published by Coach House Press in 1967]


CONTENTS

I Over The Garden Wall

‘Description is a Bird’
Birds for Janet — The Heron
Pigeons, Sussex Avenue
The Sows
Biography
Song to Alfred Hitchcock and Wilkinson
Dragon
Gorillas
The Republic
Early Morning, Kingston to Gananoque
The Trojan War Goes to Japan
The Diverse Causes
Signature
Henri Rousseau and Friends
The Martinique
Over The Garden Wall
Sows, one more time
You Can Look But You Better Not Touch
In Another Fashion
Application for a Driving License
A Toronto Home for Birds and Manticores
As Thurber would say — C*ws
A House Divided
Eventually the Poem for Keewaydin
Tink, Summer Rider
‘Lovely the Country of Peacocks’
She Carries a ‘Fat Gold Watch’
Coming Home
The Moving to Griffin
Christmas Poem 1965
Four Eyes
The Inheritors
For John, Falling
The Time Around Scars
The Respect of Landscapes
Come to the Deser


II Troy Town


Pyramid
Prometheus, with Wings
Lilith
The Goodnight
Paris
O Troy’s Down: Helen’s Song
Elizabeth
Elizabeth — a Slight Ache
Peter