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Tuesday Teaser: The Stone Skippers

By Tightrope Books | December 11th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

This weeks Teaser come from The Stone Skippers by Ian Burgham.

In The Stone Skippers, Burgham launches dazzling poems that explore the central core of our humanity upon the Canadian literary landscape. The poems examine how love is a territory we map with little skill. The speaker returns again and again to the distances we set up or have imposed upon ourselves by relationships of desire and love, all against the motif of conversations inner conversations, day-to-day conversations, one-sided conversations, unfinished and halting conversations.


Reaching into midnight, mournful, naked,
you fallow weather’s whispers,
pull at your roots to climb the moonlight,
attempting to close the distance
while shots and booms of lake ice
argue in the dark, and howls of wolves fly
ecstatically out of the hills.
But you cannot sing till leaves
appear in the extravagant spring.

The Stone Skippers can be purchased through the Tightrope Books office (602 Markham Street) E-mail: orders@tightropebooks.com, Amazon or ordered through your favorite independent bookstore.

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