14x21 cm, 25 pages, 250 gsm white Strata cover, green endpapers,
sewn with green twist.
ISBN 1 903090 35 0
The cover illustration "Cross of Green Hollow", photographer
Hannah Naomi. Medium: Digitally enhanced Cibachrome print..
This book can be seen this book as a partial sampler of lyric modes.
The subtitle "elegies, allegiances, thefts" sums up the contents: a variety
of ways of responding to others' texts.
…still songs…[April 20 1970] [April 21 2000]
Ode: B MacSweeney [1948-2000]
October Memoriam: J.T. 1938-76.
Little Elegy For JR - 21 Years On
Airs & Gracenotes .
Improvised readings in the key of kind.
Poem: Residual Of An Epistle (Unwritten) To Peter Riley. O-Mage.
First universary poem 9999 to 9900
Hard Questions: A Vancouver Cento For D.R
In The Bar, Zoom - Raptly.
Foundling: in an e-mail from Jorge Fondebrider, a poet of the Argentine
See below for a biographical note and a poem from cross of green hollow
Click here for information on 20/20 Vision
also by Pete Smith.
Pete Smith was born in Coventry, 1947, & lived through
"cars go boom: boom goes bust" era. Educated at Coventry, Watford, Exeter
& Kamloops public libraries. Emigrated to Western Canada in 1974 where
he has lived as an ex-non-pat ever since. Works as a psychiatric nurse
in the community. Has published 20/20 Vision (WHP, 1998); John's Book
of Alleged Dances (kpf, 2000); Harm's Length (Poetical Histories, 2001);
CLIV & Second Horace (on-line at Alterran Poetry assemblage & Great Works
web-sites, 2001); and miscellaneous reviews in The Gig & elsewhere.
from cross of green hollow
On the creek deck,
Tranströmer in an island
the day's archipelago
of clouds allows:
for this, two pairs
of glasses –
one for words to form
the other to keep out
ship's pilot’s grandson,
safely through the
to the darker..."
invoke; look up in
time to see
Take off the glasses
and on the pages,
Guard Duty, Breathing
Downpour Over the Interior
leaving a white tip.
Five sounds –
birds' raincoming songs;
the relentless creek;
clap; rain's percussion
on roof, deck and trees;
leaves keening on the wind.
An overhead thunderclap
navigates the channels to a distant echo,
lightning’s flash reflects
in a glass of water
on the white table:
green seeps through
downpour's grey threads and lulls –
vegetable music, whispers