Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Telling Lies: New Chapbook by Katherine L. Gordon and S.J. White

Rockwood Ontario's Katherine Gordon was kind and mailed me a copy of her new chapbook that she's co-written with Brantford poet Stanley J. White. The pair have collaborated before, and their latest release, Telling Lies, published by Cyclamens and Swords out of Metulla, Israel (ISBN 978-965-7503-15-7), was an expeditious and very pleasant read delving into both the earthly and the celestial.

12 poems by each author make up this collection, and a sample by each is below:

Mona Lisa Enigma
by Katherine L. Gordon

Are you really a boy
untrue to all but the artist?
I sense that smile of experience
away from the frame
avoiding corseted rules
you are meant to play
on the walls of Kings.

Music Hall
by S.J. White

Sex is something
God has thrown in to ensure
we do not confuse ourselves
with deities, with angels --
a kind of tether
that never lets us stray too far
from freshly turned earth after rain
and in the pathos of it all
a constant reminder
of vaudeville, of burlesque.

These are two very underappreciated poets, both of whom have had poetry recently featured in Quern: An Anthology of Contemporary Poets (Serengeti Press, 2013). Well-seasoned and insightful, their ability to complement each other and to present lines of verse for further pondering is something the people's poetry community is fortunate to be blessed with.

-- Andreas Gripp

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