Poetic meditations on loss and reason

geo*logics
by Stephen Rowe
$16.95, paperback, 72 pp.
Breakwater Books, March 2015

geologics stephen rowe breakwater books This Newfoundland poet’s second book covers classic themes of poetry; the first section inquires into loss, the second into reason. He does so through classic subjects, like one’s hometown, or the author’s relationship with his parents. Rowe chooses “My Father’s Pocket Knife” as both a starting point to describe their bond – “The handle curved like the back of a German brown / he taught me to raise from rippling water / with nothing but a line and hope”, but also a metaphor: “a stainless steel elongation of himself”.

Rowe’s meditations on his place in the world suggest the ecopoetics of Thoreau, and of Halifax’s Brian Bartlett. The apt yet original phrases describe things like a “narrow stretch of lane, fence funneled” and a “sawblade shoreline”. He approaches hefty concerns with lightness; in discussing the inevitability of endings, “Touch” asks that you “hold out the stem of your hands” to autumn’s “martyrs,” falling leaves.

geo*logics successfully mixes classic aspects of poetry with a deft use of language and form to create something wholly Rowe’s own.

geo*logics
by Stephen Rowe
$16.95, paperback, 72 pp.
Breakwater Books, March 2015

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Kathy Mac's poetry books are The Hundefräulein Papers and Nail Builders Plan for Strength and Growth. As Kathleen McConnell, she also authored the book of essays, Pain, Porn and Complicity: Women Heroes from Pygmalion to Twilight. Mac teaches creative writing at St. Thomas University in Fredericton.

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