Poems chronicle pastoral life

Masstown by Chad Norman $10.00, paperback, 64 pp. Black Moss Press, November 2013

MasstownWritten as a tribute to his grandparents, Bert and Gladys, Chad Norman’s Masstown explores life on a dairy farm a half-century ago, when a haircut in the farmhouse kitchen felt like a baptism; when a father’s knees were worn down by his 11 children.

Distilled in each poem is the necessity for upholding tradition, and a sense of great loss—both of a way of life, and of the ones who lived it. Bert and Gladys exist in their subtleties: the reflection of a match flame in Bert’s glasses; Gladys’s near-religious halving of her daily lemon.

Largely descriptive and narrative, the poems seem the salvaging of a photographic memory, often focusing on a singular task or image—so it isn’t surprising that an entire section is devoted to “portraits,” in which Norman breathes life into a moment literally captured in time, turning something inherently static into something forever alive.

Masstown
by Chad Norman
$10.00, paperback, 64 pp.
Black Moss Press, November 2013

 

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Whitney Moran is an editor, journalist and poet who lives and writes in Halifax. Find her at whitneymoran.ca.

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