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Casting Out Nines

by (author) Richard Stevenson

Ekstasis Editions
Initial publish date
Aug 2011
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2011
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Reading age: 16 to 18


In Casting Out Nines, memories and reflections fuse East and West in a jazz bop a la Kerouac, a sort of “high school haiku.” Irreverent, flippant and sparkling poems about friends, school, dating, sex, drinking, partying, music, teachers, joy, sadness and sex evoke all the concerns of teenagers with a mischievious cool. Within the confines of the seventeen syllable form, Richard Stevenson muses on the complicated joys and turbulent difficulties of being a teen, inspired by his own experiences in the early seventies. Reading Casting Out Nines, one imagines a Fast Times at Ridgemont High as scripted by Basho.

About the author

Richard Stevenson was born in 1952 in Victoria, British Columbia. A prolific writer, Richard has published twelve collections of poetry (including Why Were All the Werewolves Men? (Thistledown, 1994), and Nothing Definite Yeti (Ekstasis Editions, 1999)) and four poetry chapbooks. Richard won the 1994 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for From the Mouths of Angels (Ekstasis, 1993). He is also the co-founder of Naked Ear, a poetry-jazz performance ensemble.

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