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Praise for Err

Mining this relentlessly inventive collection of lyrics, I discovered what Rhodes could really do with language. In Us the speaker's homoerotic experience is breathless … [t]his is the cryptic Rhodes, condensing landscapes of human experience into single phonemes. And then there is the meditative Rhodes, contemplating, in Fixed, the moment of his Ukrainian uncle's death … Always in Rhodes, Self and human experience must become the substance of language itself, unERRingly.
—Allen Bently, The Telegraph-Journal


Rhodes demonstrates his expert use of language in The Cloud Chamber, the book’s third chapter. In seeking out specific sounds within language, the poet creates works that are not only a joy to hear, but also a joy to read. … [Err] is a genuinely entertaining piece of literature—a book to make you laugh, cry, and perhaps order another round.
—Danika J. Grenier, The Wig


[Shane Rhodes’s] latest book, Err, is his conscious quest to explore the underpinnings of what he practises as an art form. … For example, for some poems Rhodes reverses the traditional method of composing—adding piece onto piece—and explores a different and fascinatingly startling method.
—Jeremy Mesiano-Crookston, Ottawa XPress


Life's vices can combine into one volatile cocktail. Err is a collection of poetry from Shane Rhodes, as he talks on the dark underbelly of life and what we're searching for when we're under there. Pulling no punches and speaking on every subject he can think of, Err is a riveting work that values entertainment alongside its message.
Small Press Bookwatch (Wisconsin)

From his earlier trade collections ... the tight lyric lines of Rhodes' poems have become more acrobatic, tumbling lines that reveal a healthy looseness to his language, and phrases turning far faster than he ever had before. ... [T]he playfulness of the entire collection abounds, madly off in all directions ... yet Rhodes seems at his cartwheeling best when all that energy is contained, somewhat, and directed in shorter, smaller bursts, such as in the eight-part poem “Shooters.”
rob mclennan’s blog


Err is ... highly entertaining, a smorgasbord of not-so-casual language games twisted into sharp poems both inviting & provocative.
—Douglas Barbour, Eclectic Ruckus

Err is a talented, drunken kiss from a silver tongue. It lingers … as a brilliant, but sometimes bitter, taste in the mouth.
—Sonnet L'Abbe, The Globe and Mail

If you appreciate when poets twist and stretch language to see how far it can go, then Rhodes’s Err is for you.
—Ian LeTourneau, The Malahat Review