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Moving to Climate Change Hours

by (author) Ross Belot

Publisher
Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd.
Initial publish date
Aug 2020
Category
General, General, Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781989496121
    Publish Date
    Aug 2020
    List Price
    $18.00

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Ross Belot's latest collection is a dark ode to the end of oil. From industrial accidents to frozen highways Belot charts the ends of a life that face a working man in stripped-down lyric poetry. These are poems that have seen it all and acknowledge the darkness that's coming while still finding beauty in the arched neck of a tundra swan. Belot has a filmmaker's sense of atmosphere and an environmentalist's urgency and his stark lines take the reader deep into the heart of industrial man.

About the author

Ross Belot now lives in Hamilton Ontario but grew up in communities across all over Ontario, always living close to the Great Lakes. In recent years he has spent time on the west coast and in Banff area and his writing reflects these varied landscapes. He began writing poetry while attending McMaster University’s creative writing program as an escape from his day job. He has been active in Hamilton’s local literary scene, and a member of the executive and editorial board for Tower Poetry. He is currently a member of the executive of the Hamilton Poetry Centre. His writing has appeared in a number of local literary journals and anthologies and was recently rofiled in two Mexican journals. This is his first collection. The manuscript was developed under the Banff Centre’s Wired Writing Program.

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Editorial Reviews

"Ross Belot's astonishing poetry steps off a moving train into the unknown. He deftly locates strangeness in the ordinary – in a sagging couch that shifts from one place to another in a room, or in a magpie that walks 'through her body.' We find 'Yesterday was all chainsaw' in poems that buzz with power, defying expectation. Moving to Climate Change Hours is a remarkable book, revealing a poet at the height of his craft." – Anne Simpson, author of Strange Attractor

"It is wonderful to read these confident, wide-ranging poems. Belot takes recognizable subjects – work, marriage, parenting, drinking with co-workers, childhood, new love – and makes them strange again. Shifting between Canadian and American landscapes and locales, and using many different poetic forms, what emerges is a strong yet questioning personality, confronting his own life in middle age, as well as his own complicity in larger catastrophes. It's a beautiful, intimate, ambitious, moving book written by a poet of great skill and deep feeling." – Matthew Zapruder, author of Father's Day

"Ross Belot's astonishing poetry steps off a moving train into the unknown. He deftly locates strangeness in the ordinary – in a sagging couch that shifts from one place to another in a room, or in a magpie that walks 'through her body.' We find 'Yesterday was all chainsaw' in poems that buzz with power, defying expectation. Moving to Climate Change Hours is a remarkable book, revealing a poet at the height of his craft." – Anne Simpson, author of Strange Attractor

"It is wonderful to read these confident, wide-ranging poems. Belot takes recognizable subjects – work, marriage, parenting, drinking with co-workers, childhood, new love – and makes them strange again. Shifting between Canadian and American landscapes and locales, and using many different poetic forms, what emerges is a strong yet questioning personality, confronting his own life in middle age, as well as his own complicity in larger catastrophes. It's a beautiful, intimate, ambitious, moving book written by a poet of great skill and deep feeling." – Matthew Zapruder, author of Father's Day

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