Civil and Civic

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ECW Press, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 64 pages
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' "As accomplished as Jonathan Bennett is at using language, he's never fussy or precious about it. With his exacting, contemporary voice, part colourful reporter, part reluctant witness, his lines gain their effect by serving experience in the most necessary way possible, via clear-eyed attention and vivid diction. The result is an immediacy often lacking in other poetry. Civil and Civic's nimble narratives will crackle in your ear." \t' David O'Meara, author of Noble Gas, Penny Black The poems of Jonathan Bennett's second collection, Civil and Civic, probe for present meanings of civility and civic mindedness, search for boundaries between private and public realms, and question the sprawling and often unintended effects of transparency and obligation. Medicine, the military, science, public relations, social justice, media, business, and the environmental movement are just some of the worlds these poems inhabit. Not without a spirit of play, in Civil and Civic Bennett emerges as a disquieting curator, giving the reader poetry that is relevant, humane, political, investigative, and outward looking. Yet, within which, he supplies voice to private moments, isolated or suppressed incidents, and to the happy accidents that can occur within language when irreconcilable spheres of influence meet and open up new meanings, ideas, hope even.

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After Painting Wild Apple Trees
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Soffit and Facia
Clocks and Moons
Puts and Takes
Still Life with Infant

Civil and Civic
Isadora and the Swallow
For the Death of an Acquaintance
Border State
Placebo Poem
Who Will Serve Nanaimo Bars at the Funeral?
Somewhere A Voice of Spring
A Dictator Awaiting Trial Is Translated
How Ridings Swing
For the Release of a Report
No Notice
His Love of a Cadaver Is Requited
Elegy for Civic Hospital
Summer 11 AM
For the Birth of Life
Big Bang
Last Notes

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About the author (2011)

Jonathan Bennett is the author of After Battersea Park; EnTitlement; and Here Is My Street, This Tree I Planted. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

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