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Field Notes for the Self

By: Lundy, Randy

0889776938 / 9780889776937
Hardback
13/05/2020
Published 13/05/2020
Canada
140 x 215 mm, 0 grams 96 pages
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A series of dark meditations: spiritual exercises in which the poem becomes a forensics of the soul.

The poems converse with Patrick Lane, John Thompson, and Charles Wright, but their closest cousins may be Arvo Part's tintinnabulations -- overlapping structures in which notes or images are rung slowly and repeatedly like bells.

The goal is freedom from illusion, freedom from memory, from "the same old stories" of Lundy's violent past; and freedom, too, from the unreachable memories of the violence done to his Indigenous ancestors, which, Lundy tells us, seem to haunt his cellular biology.

Rooted in exquisitely modulated observations of the natural world, the singular achievement of these poems is mind itself, suspended before interior vision like a bit of crystal twisting in the light.

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DCF Poetry by individual poets

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