This collection considers some of our progress and loss over the last millenium. Frequent themes revolve around nature, science, the unexpected, relationships, parenting, confusion, dreams. Styles and forms range from free verse to more formal structures.
John gives an overview of the book:
"The face of the earth was covered with water..."
The Book of Genesis
You waited until the due date
and in the honoured hour of the wolf
3:45, the first day of fall,
the start of Yom Kippur,
the closest approach of Mars to Earth,
the cusp of Libra and Virgo,
the waters that held you moved out.
We started you in Banff
cooking you up between sulphur springs, wine and
sliding skis through diamond fields of snow.
And we skated in the shade of Lake Louise's glacier,
balancing on thin steel over
the clear, crazed ice.
We made you with pleasure in the strength and softness
of our bodies, my tadpoles doing the Canadian crawl
to your mother's spore, the other half
of who you'd be.
You took root and held, your mother
sure from the start you'd stay.
She called me from a phone booth
to tell me she'd changed
into a song with accompaniment.
Then you hung on through her nausea and pain,
airplane flights, and a miserable month
of fighting Nova Scotia drizzle,
even through the rip spring made
as it wedged open winter's frozen grin.
You started to dance early:
at first a ball bouncing
to the red heartbeat above
then a tiny astronaut on a water walk
to the end of your line
so alert we called you Booter:
you'd kick every hand
or stethoscope laid on you.
Born in Guelph, Ontario. Educated at York University (BA, MA in English) and later at Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, where I worked with Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, William Burroughs, and Robert Duncan. A traveller, I have lived in Egypt,...