These poems are populated by herons, earthworms, water striders, frogs, a toad, damselflies, and a racoon, by low trees, tall trees, wind, hail, sunlight, cloud, sound, silence, and snow, and by several pieces of Canadian sculpture. Primarily a collection of nature poems, the work reflects Ball's on-going engagement with details of nature, with visual and aural perception and with language.
About the author
Nelson Ball is a poet and bookseller living in Paris, Ontario, who has been writing since the early 1960s. He has worked as a labourer, chauffeur, clerk, seasonal forest ranger, record store clerk, and janitor. From 1965 to 1973 he ran the legendary Weed/Flower Press, publishing mimeo editions of early books by Victor Coleman, Carol Bergé, David McFadden, bill bissett, bpNichol, and many others. Nelson is the author of more than 30 poetry books and chapbooks. He and his late wife, the artist Barbara Caruso, are the subject of Catherine Stevenson's 2014 documentary film Nelson Ball & Barbara Caruso / Home Project / A Photo Documentary.