Ian Burgham, Tightrope author of The Stone Skippers, is busy this fall. Catch him at one of these Ontario events over the next few months:
October 14, Books and Company Picton,Ontario
October 16, TBA as to location Cobourg, Ontario
November 16, Poetry Cafe (Moonshine Cafe) Oakville, Ontario
The Stone Skippers by Ian Burgham is a beautifully published hard-back, generously spaced poems on high quality paper. And the work itself in every way continues this attention to detail, employing word and silence in equal measure. Here is a writer capable of great subtlety, fusing the turning point moment of short story, depth and length of novel, ‘in-breath’ of exalted verse. A small ‘I’ captures nature, philosophy, the quiet moment, the fleeting thought, then magnifies and shapes into word. Many poems possess the intimacy of listening in on someone talking to themselves. Use of form, poetic device, economy and choice of language, blurring of fancy and fiction – all are employed with intelligence and readerly insight.