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January 27, 2022
9781772122541
English
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Listen. If

first snow falling slow

hangs in the air

a curtain drifting there

thickening sight

—"Winter"

In this new collection, Douglas Barbour experiments with what he calls "rhythmically intense open form." Listen. If presents technically innovative poetry that invites the reader to join in some serious play. Barbour's vivid, ekphrastic poems engage an ongoing conversation among artworks—not only classic paintings but also popular music—while his lyric poems astutely, accessibly evoke places, moments, and feelings. This is poetry that takes up language both as the already-said and as a playground for brilliant technique. Leaping from love to landscapes, politics to jazz, Keats to Milne to Monk, these poems yearn to be spoken aloud for the pure joy of sound.

About the Author

Douglas Barbour is the author of several books of poetry and criticism, including Continuations and Continuations 2 (UAP). A long-time resident of Edmonton, he was inducted into the City's Arts & Culture Hall of Fame in 2003.

Reviews

"In Barbour's latest, there are some elements familiar through much of his work, from meditations to memorials, his ongoing engagements with world politics, and lines and narrative-threads composed with breaks of breath in and among.... There is a precision that Barbour writes out in each short breath-take, clipped and clear, even as the accumulation of those words and phrases come together to form a narrative both distinct and nebulous." [Full post at http://robmclennan.blogspot.ca/2017/04/douglas-barbour-listen-if.html]—rob mclennan

# 8 on Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers list, April 23, 2017

Listen. If is Douglas Barbour's first book of poetry in over a decade and includes work that was produced over a twenty year period. That extended period of production has some interesting effects on the text.... The past becomes an ironic counterpoint to the present, a space where the concerns of the present are revealed not necessarily to be a repetition of the past so much as a series of re-iterations altered by task of memory. Lis]en. If is a book about memory and remembering. It is reflective and reflexive, a collection marked by meditation. The objects of meditation which include the seasons, love, art, jazz recordings, and memory shift throughout the book, but serve to ground the reader's experiences in instances and talismans of remembering.... [W]orth reading.' Prairie Fire, May 30, 2018 [Full review at http://www.prairiefire.ca/listen-if-by-douglas-barbour]—Ryan J. Cox
University of Alberta Press
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Other Titles by Douglas Barbour

Continuations 2

Douglas Barbour, Sheila E. Murphy
Mar 2012 - University of Alberta Press
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Continuations

Douglas Barbour, Sheila E. Murphy
Mar 2006 - University of Alberta Press
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Bloody Jack

Dennis Cooley, introduction by Douglas Barbour
Dec 2002 - University of Alberta Press
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