About the Author

Jim Johnstone

Jim Johnstone is a Canadian writer, editor, and physiologist. He is the author of four books of poetry: Dog Ear (Véhicule Press, 2014), Sunday, the Locusts (Tightrope Books, 2011), Patternicity (Nightwood Editions, 2010) and The Velocity of Escape (Guernica Editions, 2008), as well as the subject of the critical monograph Proofs & Equational Love: The Poetry of Jim Johnstone by Shane Neilson and Jason Guriel. He has won several awards including a CBC Literary Award, Matrix Magazine?s LitPop Award, The Fiddlehead?s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize and This Magazine?s Great Canadian Literary Hunt. Currently, Johnstone is the Poetry Editor at Palimpsest Press, and an Associate Editor at Representative Poetry Online.

Books by this Author
Dog Ear

Dog Ear

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Patternicity

Patternicity

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The Chemical Life

The Chemical Life

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Next Wave, The

Next Wave, The

An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry
edited by Jim Johnstone
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The Essential D. G. Jones
Excerpt

I Annihilate

I annihilate the purple finch
in the apple tree

it is a winter dawn

it is 'La Guerre' Henri Rousseau
saw charging through the shattered space
of the Second Empire

it is a faint
raspberry
in the silent cosmos

c'est une tache
sur la page blanche

un cauchemar en rose

c'est le Québec
libre

a bird

c'est ça
un oiseau dans un pommier

it may fly off
but it won't go away

I neglected to mention the snow

Praise

the craft of making buttons
that we may come apart
in style

horn, pewter, even plastic

pray, sir
undo this button

oh, we would clothe the mind
in politeness, even
in extremity

to button up is seemly, to
unbutton, step
seemingly without art into
nothing, is grace

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