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  • Paperback
  • May.31.2010
  • 9781550713022
  • Guernica Editions

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Drawn from the author's 60-year journey through the Middle East, Japan, and North America, this collection of poems offers a variety of engaging styles, ranging from sonnets to haiku to free-form experimentation, while considering the implications of technology, science, and nature in the context of the 21st century. Including previously published works as well as unpublished new works, each piece is delightfully engaging, possessing a wry sense of humor while celebrating the pleasures and paradox of modern life. {Guernica Editions}
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Drawn from the author's 60-year journey through the Middle East, Japan, and North America, this collection of poems offers a variety of engaging styles, ranging from sonnets to haiku to free-form experimentation, while considering the implications of technology, science, and nature in the context of the 21st century. Including previously published works as well as unpublished new works, each piece is delightfully engaging, possessing a wry sense of humor while celebrating the pleasures and paradox of modern life.

{Guernica Editions}

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Sample short poem:

PROGRESS

 When I was small, my parents

were immaculate edifices

Mom with her superstructure of intricate dark hair

Dad's pipe a smokestack

towering over me so

hugely and maybe they had everything

I needed, on one floor or another

 

Now that I am larger and

look down on both of them

seeing their imperfections

with the zoom lense of an angel

I wonder how they could betray me

be so human

copyright 2010 John Oughton

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My fifth collection, this includes selections from my previous books, most of which are out of print and/or difficult to find.

About John

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,...

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