Beautiful Veins: Poems

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Acorn Press, 2006 - Poetry - 62 pages
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A Canadian poet's last words

A sense of ego-urgency has seemingly sucked hard on any high octane left in my system, and what used to take me a decade and more to accomplish as a writer has suddenly fruited within a 12-month time frame.
- Joe Sherman, December 2005
The result is Beautiful Veins, Joe Sherman's final book of poems. Joseph Sherman, author of seven books of poetry, editor, and supporter of the arts, died on January 9, 2006, in Charlottetown. He was 60.

Beautiful Veins begins with the picture of a child, of "one life with all the promise of its beautiful veins." Some of the poems catch details of domestic life and its indwelling spirit and glancing irony; they explore the cache of memory. Others evoke history and landscape, opening them up to careful consideration. Always there is a love of language and its quirks, oddities, split-levels, riches. Out of the intricate and elliptical syntax, moments of joy are discovered, named against the threat of time and illness.

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Contents

Far Away
9
Black and Rust
10
n Old Photos of Two Brothers in Uniform 12 Early Scan
12
Fathers Day Gruen 2005
13
The Fake Birthday
14
Two From Cape Tryon
15
Two Weather Poems
18
Her Waiting Room
19
Remembering PET
41
If You Have Money Youre Clever and Handsome and You Can Sing
42
Well now the story is Josephs Oranges
43
A Prose Poem for Her Dark Birthday
45
Stop Me if Youve Heard This
46
Honshu Stream of Consciousness for Hiroshima Memorial
47
My Beautiful Veins
50
Rooting Al Purdy
51

When Pain Must be Good
21
A Poem out of Pete
22
Unit 731 Limits of the Human Body 194345
25
Spy a Trilobite
27
The Esquires Tale
28
The Living Room Suite
29
My Visual Trope Violet Gilletts woodcut The Bus Conductor
40
Prescriptive
55
Standard Epigraphs Redux
56
Piracy
59
6o Diligent River Advocate Harbour
60
August Visit 2005
61
Civilization
62
Copyright

About the author (2006)

Joseph Sherman (1945-2006) grew up in Whitney Pier, Nova Scotia, studied in Fredericton, taught in Edmundston, New Brunswick, and moved to Charlottetown in 1979. A superb editor, poet, and essayist, he won many awards, including the Bliss Carman Award and the Royal Society of Arts Silver Medal; he was also a Member of the Order of Canada. His practice and advocacy contributed immeasurably to the arts in Prince Edward island, the Atlantic region, and Canada.

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