4 X 7 inches, 48 pages
one b&w drawing
Original edition published in 1979.
|Out of print|
Country You Can't Walk In
Illustration by Mary Weymark-Goss
Penumbra Press Poetry Series, No. 6
THIS REISSUE of M.T. Kelly's 1979 publication spanks a fresh format and seven more poems, still about the north.
John Bemrose, Globe and Mail
'Evokes the ugliness and brutality of man's impact on the North with saw-edged images'
'The words are sparse and singularly chilling, much like northern landscapes … a fine collection of poetry'
Robin Skelton, Quill & Quire
He's very quiet you said, meaning dull,
the man you're going to marry;
and no matter what the shadows promise,
nothing is transformed.
Everyone can claim a kind of innocence.
What matters is that images linger;
one humid night, two women,
a dream that was a prayer:
the boreal forest in winter,
a glade at the edge of the world.
A god inhabits them all,
A god of high spring sky,
Of April and May light:
There's a shimmer
in this haunted wood.
What gleams repeats,
The god will come again.
After The God
M. T. Kelly