The debut collection from small press editor and publisher Cameron Anstee, Book of Annotations deploys a number of minimalist strategies-including erasure, found, lyric, haiku, one-line, one-word, concrete/visual, cento, restricted vocabularies, and lists-to question how small a poem can be made, and how can a small poem be made expansive? Engaging with contemporary and historical modes of minimalism, Book of Annotations is a dialogue in shorthand with work by H. D., Nelson Ball, Lorine Niedecker, Aram Saroyan, Phyllis Webb, Robert Lax, and dozens of others.
Cameron Anstee lives and writes in Ottawa, where he runs Apt. 9 Press and holds a Ph.D. in Canadian Literature from the University of Ottawa. He is the editor of The Collected Poems of William Hawkins (Chaudiere Books, 2015).
Book of Annotations is a wonderful accrual of Cameron Anstee's minimalist gems. They are rich and varied. Cameron's poems are short but not brief. Most are subtle, some are perplexing, some humorous, and many are astonishingly expansive. This book is a large treat! – Nelson Ball
In Book of Annotations, Cameron Anstee brings us the ephemeral, the existential, the entropic, and the elemental. Akin to koanlike maxims, this work presents an exquisite perception of and reverence for the here-and-now, the before and after, the timeless and the fleeting. Anstee disassembles and reassembles the fundamental phenomenon of being. Sensuous, natural, familiar, unexpected, elusive, vertiginous—this work brings us closer to understanding ourselves. – Sandra Ridley