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Ground Water

Browne, Colin

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ISBN 10: 088922465X / ISBN 13: 9780889224650
Published by Talonbooks, 2002
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Title: Ground Water

Publisher: Talonbooks

Publication Date: 2002

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: 1St Edition.

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Colin Browne’s exciting new work Ground Water received a glowing review in The Georgia Straight (June 6-13, 2002 issue). In all map making, one begins with the representation of ground’ and water,’ and what grows or is constructed on these representations is rendered by a series of conventional symbols-the elements of topography.’ This book of poems is an investigation of the elements of the spiritual topography of the 20th century, and a close examination of the conventional symbology passed on to the poet/map-maker by his ancestors-his father and mother, his grandparents, his aunts and uncles. It is a paralysing inheritance which is rendered here-an entire century, not begun with the war to end all wars,’ but a century through which that great calamity of mechanized and mass-produced misunderstandings was perpetually reproduced.

These ancestors have abetted suffering they could never have imagined. Accessories to crimes against whole populations that made possible their pleasures and their grace, they’re humiliated and ashamed, mortified by themselves, by their indignity and complicity. Incapable of reversing the inhumanity of what they have created, they have left the traces of their deeds on the landscape, fragments of correspondence for their sons and daughters to decipher.

Within this wilderness of the 20th century, the green flame of life continually presents itself in these poems as an emergency-an emergence, a coming-out, a flower, a bloom of identity, shape and form, requiring immediate attention and action, asserting itself as mimesis, and constituting a disruption of the conventional representations of the symbolic.

About the Author:

Colin Browne is the author of Abraham (Brick Books, 1987) and of the forthcoming book of poetry Ground Water. His documentary films include Father and Son and White Lake, which was nominated for a Canadian Film Award for Best Feature Documentary. He was an editor of Writing magazine and the co-founder of the Kootenay School of Writing. Current projects include a screenplay, I'll Be Loving You; a history of filmmaking in British Columbia from 1899-1971 entitled Fugitive Events; a study on the documentary impulse in Canadian film and poetry, Running with the Fox, Riding with the Hounds; and Altar, a short film using text from Ground Water. He lives in Vancouver.

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