Calm Jazz Sea

Calm Jazz Sea

by Mike Barnes
     
 

The poems in Calm Jazz Sea reveal a world forever becoming and disappearing, watched over and handled gently by the compassionate intelligence of Mike Barnes. In the everyday and the ephemeral meals, drinks, weather, work, moments of solitude or connection he finds ways to engage the secret matter of humanity: what horrifies, astonishes, or comforts us. Like

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The poems in Calm Jazz Sea reveal a world forever becoming and disappearing, watched over and handled gently by the compassionate intelligence of Mike Barnes. In the everyday and the ephemeral meals, drinks, weather, work, moments of solitude or connection he finds ways to engage the secret matter of humanity: what horrifies, astonishes, or comforts us. Like the sea of the title, restless and receptive, the language of the poems moves through many levels of voice: from an easy vernacular to the strain of conversation, or from the precise record of sensual matter to the insubstantial gestures that constitute thought.

SHORTLISTED for the 1997 Gerald Lampert Award.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780919626850
Publisher:
Brick Books
Publication date:
05/16/1996
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Mike Barnes is the author of six previous books: the novels Catalogue Raisonne and The Syllabus, the short fiction collections Aquarium -- winner of the 1999 Danuta Gleed Award -- and Contrary Angel, and the poetry collections Calm Jazz Sea and a thaw foretold. Born in Minneapolis, a joint U.S.-Canadian citizen, Mike Barnes lives and writes in Toronto.

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