Have poetry, will travel

Ringing Here & There A Nature Calendar
by Brian Bartlett
$19.00, paperback, 160 pp.
Fizhenry & Whiteside, April 2014

Blank white book w/pathWith 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

Written By

Shannon Webb-Campbell is a mixed Indigenous (Mi’kmaq) settler poet, writer and critic. Her forthcoming book, Who Took My Sister? (Book Thug, 2018) explores Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, decolonial poetics, trauma and the land, and will be transformed into a touring classical music performance for violin and piano. Still No Word (Breakwater, 2015) was the recipient of Egale Canada’s Out In Print Award. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia, a BA from Dalhousie University, and studies English Literature at Memorial University. Shannon is a member of Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation and currently lives in Montreal.

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