False Laws of Narrative, The: The Poetry of Fred Wah

False Laws of Narrative, The: The Poetry of Fred Wah


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ISBN-13: 9781554580460
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Series: Laurier Poetry Series
Pages: 102
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Fred Wah has been involved with a number of literary magazines over the years, such as Open Letter and West Coast Line . Recent books are the biofiction Diamond Grill (1996), Faking It: Poetics and Hybridity (2000), a collection of essays, and Sentenced to Light (2008), a collection of poetic image/text projects. He splits his time between the Kootenays in southeastern B.C. and Vancouver.

Louis Cabri is author of The Mood Embosser , which was awarded the 2002 book of the year by Small Press Traffic (San Francisco), and —that can’t (forthcoming). He edited, from Philadelphia, the poets’ newsletter PhillyTalks and co-edited, from Ottawa/Calgary, hole magazine and books. He teaches literary theory, Canadian and US modern and contemporary poetry, and creative writing at the University of Windsor.

Read an Excerpt

The Poem Called Syntax by Fred Wah

We live on the edge of a lake called Echo.

I love this notion that noise makes itself,

so the lake holds all noise in its depths

and when the dog barks it gets it from the lake.

About nine thousand feet above these lakes (all lakes)

there is a geometry of sound, something like Plato's cave of noise.

It is from that construct the dog's bark takes shape,

a resounding of an earlier bark conditioned by the alpine.

History and physics. Acoustic paradigms in a bog of algae.

When I tell all my cousins and friends about this

they'll come to live on the shores of this lake and clean it up.

From the balconies of their summer homes they'll ask a lot of questions.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents for
The False Laws of Narrative: The Poetry of Fred Wah selected with an introduction by Louis Cabri


Neil Besner

Biographical Note


Louis Cabri

Mountain that has come over me

even the eyes

akokli (goat) creek

Gold Hill


Poem for Turning

For the Western Gate

Havoc Nation

Hamill’s Last Stand


severance spring water

September spawn

nv s ble

We are different

sounds of o and ree

Breathe dust like you breathe wind

Sigh. A tenuous slight stream

A hight

Aug 5

Music at the Heart of Thinking 1

Music at the Heart of Thinking 6

Music at the Heart of Thinking 28

Music at the Heart of Thinking 50

Music at the Heart of Thinking 55

Music at the Heart of Thinking 77

Music at the Heart of Thinking 78

Music at the Heart of Thinking 89

Music at the Heart of Thinking 93

Music at the Heart of Thinking 98

ArtKnot 1

ArtKnot 2

ArtKnot 4

Hermes Poems

The Poem Called Syntax

Dead in My Tracks: Wildcat Creek Utaniki


( sentenced )

Ripraps (Louis Cabri) and Afterwords (Fred Wah)


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