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Tightrope Teaser Tuesday: The Grammar of Distance

By Tightrope Books | April 20th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

This Thursday, Tightrope is presenting The Grammar of Distance by Ian Burgham. Come celebrate this launch with us at the Dora Keogh at 141 Danforth Ave. Ian will be reading at 7:00 p.m. so make sure you get there with plenty of time to stake out the perfect listening spot.

With Ian’s book launch right around the corner, this week’s Teaser Tuesday will be giving you a little sneek-peek at one of the poems from Ian’s third collection! Read on and we’ll see you Thursday!

(Check this out for more information on the book and on Ian!)
The Dead
We are born with the dead.
—T.S. Eliot

Jamie MacLean’s been spotted again up by the old wharf.
Same place he was seen last time,
down the road from where he lived.
Trouble is he’s been dead since 1943.
Drowned at sea.

The broken circuit in time doesn’t seem to worry anyone.
This countryside is deep-peopled in dead under grass mounds,
and everyone knows that the drowned do turn up.

Beyond the clotheslines of waving bedsheets holding on tight,
the flap of fishermen’s yesterdays, childhoods,
and the anxious print dresses of wives,
the sea becomes the curiosity of others,
who each graveyard ocean wave has become. No war
ever ended for those who sleep with water for breath.
The dead continue to rub and salt their bones in
the wet tongues of tides, float in the landwash,
keep secrets of the water.

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To read on and enjoy Ian’s other poems, buy The Grammar of Distance HERE!

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