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Concrete Air

by (author) Nelson Ball

The Mercury Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2001
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2001
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This is Nelson Ball's third book-length volume of poems since 1991, and gathers previously unpublished work written primarily in 1971 and 1972.
"...Ball's poems stake a place for understated craft: they are carefully constructed and offer no bogus pleasure."? Douglas Barbour, Books in Canada
"Nelson Ball's poems are perfectly small... So much voice in so much smallness."? John Kennedy, Excalibur
"A Ball poem, which need not be more than five words long, is invariably inventive in perspective, in metaphor, and often in sound...Simple but not simplistic; direct but not artless."? W.J. Keith, Canadian Book Review Annual

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.

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