With over 365 daily poetic meditations, Brian Bartlett’s latest, Ringing Here & There: A Nature Calendar, roots readers in seasons of the natural world.
In spirit of Henry David Thoreau’s journals, John Clare’s notebooks and Anne Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinder Creek, Bartlett has documented fragments, field notes, reflections, meditations and poetic quips about day-to-day life. Whether wandering through the woods, or gallivanting around places like Nebraska, Alberta or New York City, the poet finds his own footing in Nova Scotia.
On April 26, he writes, “I’m glad to stand by water that makes music with rocks, foams just a little before it slips into the lake a few paces away, then loses its identity & voice.” In mix of these testaments to daily life, Bartlett conjures humour with imaginary folk sayings. On August 13 he writes, “Let a kite-eating tree claim your flying dragon, and & vertigo will dog your days.”
Ringing Here & There A Nature Calendar
by Brian Bartlett
$19.00, paperback, 160 pp.
Fizhenry & Whiteside, April 2014