stone poems (Stephen Scobie)

stone poems was written 1967-1969 and published in 1973 by Talonbooks as a small box containing loose square pages. The poems are bpNichol-esque, minimalist poems. The book reads very much like an imitation of Nichol and as such the poems are more successful than not. However, there is less playfulness here than in Nichol’s work and often the poems are totally invested in their formal structure, which wouldn’t be a problem if they didn’t feel so dated. Ultimately, though, this is an enjoyable and beautifully produced book. It’s a shame publishers don’t produce oddly formatted books like this anymore, generally speaking. Is it that people don’t write them, or publishers don’t accept them? I’d be curious to know.

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