Scree: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962-1991 by Fred WahScree: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962-1991 by Fred Wah

Scree: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962-1991

byFred WahIntroduction byJeff Derksen

Paperback | November 8, 2016

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Scree offers the definitive compendium of Fred Wah's early poetic reflections on ethnicity, racial hybridity, language, and the local.Fred Wah's career has spanned six decades and a range of formal styles and preoccupations. Scree collects Wah's concrete and sound poetry of the 1960s, his landscape-centric work of the 1970s, and his ethnicity-oriented poems of the 1980s. Fred was a founding member of the avant-garde TISH group, which helped turn Canadian poetry, in the West in particular, to a focus on language. He has said that his writing has been sustained, primarily, by two interests: racial hybridity and the local."Most of Wah's early work is out of print. This collection allows readers to (re)discover this groundbreaking work. The volume contains: Lardeau (1965) Mountain (1967) Among (1972) Tree (1972) Earth (1974) Pictograms from the Interior of B.C. (1975) Loki Is Buried at Smoky Creek (1980) Owner's Manual (1981) Breathin' My Name with a Sigh (1981) Grasp the Sparrow's Tail (1982) Waiting for Saskatchewan (1985) Rooftops (1988) So Far (1991) The collection has been organized according to a chronology of composition(rather than a chronology of original publication): this reveals new connections and thematic trajectories in the body of work as a whole, and makes the book an eminently "teachable" volume. The book includes full-colour facsimiles of two early books, Earth and Tree, reproduced to show the "hands-on" object-based aspect of chapbook publishing."
Fred Wah was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, in 1939 and grew up in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. After graduate work with Robert Creeley and Charles Olson, he returned to the Kootenays in the late 1960s, founding the writing program at David Thompson University Centre (DTUC). A pioneer of online publishing, Wah h...
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Title:Scree: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962-1991Format:PaperbackDimensions:648 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:November 8, 2016Publisher:Talon Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889229481

ISBN - 13:9780889229488

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The book is gorgeous, ... attempting to keep as close as possible the integrity of the original publications into a single volume. The resulting volume - shift of image, colour and font - is a breathtaking accomplishment that does far more than simply replicate a selection of thirty years of writing and publishing, but work[s] to present some sense of what those early publications might have felt like in their original forms ... " - rob mclennan's blog"This is surely the best poetry book of the year! Such care and thoroughness have been taken here to let each important early publication keep its style and colour and format. This is a heavy book full of some of the lightest, halest experimental poetry in Canada. It is so important that this work is being done, both the writing and the editing."- Phil Hall, BookThug"