In Some Mornings, Nelson Ball's trademark minimalism takes on a new expansiveness. It is a book of both profound joy and mourning. In sharply observed poems about nature and the nature of people, Ball offers an instruction manual on how to be in the world: how to see beauty in the tiniest of things and how to recognize the bittersweet vitality of life through the smallest of gestures.
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.