JESSE P FERGUSON: NEAR COOPER MARSH
Dept. of English
University of Ottawa
ISBN 1 896362 41 9
JESSE P FERGUSON: COMMUTE POEMS
Thistle Bloom Books
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|JESSE P FERGUSON: NEAR COOPER MARSH|
Fifteen short to medium length poems are included in this 20-page booklet by Ferguson,a graduate student at the University, many pre-published in magazines in Canada and elsewhere.
Some of the poems relate to the wild life of the Marsh, as GOLDFINCHES NEAR COOPER MARSH:
dozens of saffron skybound bubbles bursting above a sunflower field swerving effervescent flight paths carbonating a champagne skyThe imagery is interesting and novel, but I do not think that the staggered lines do much for the poem, excepting 'swerving' to aid the effect of a change of direction.
THE CREEK BEHIND MY HOUSE starts bravely with
black rubber boots succumb to brown water deep down in primeval muck in wet sponge mudalthough I was not too enthusiastic with the simile
clay holds on to your boots and as you squirm free smacks its chops like a smiling boy hungry for hotdogsTHE GAME shows that Ferguson is not without sensitivity in man versus animal sport:
the hulking mother roaring with less and less ferocity the cub whimpering for hours by her cooling snoutwhich is reinforced in SNARED:
twitching this death by a bright copper wire silenced and plush to the trapper's handWhile I think that occasional inappropriate similes and imagery, together with some needless wildness in line staggering are present within the collection, some poems such as SNARED are excellently done.
|reviewer: Eric Ratcliffe.|
|JESSE P FERGUSON: COMMUTE POEMS|
Jesse P Ferguson is a poet and musician based in Ottawa, Canada; the handmade COMMUTE POEMS is his third chapbook. The twelve poems here mostly concern themselves with the relationships between humans, nature, art and the built environment. In FALLOUT AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY for example, the small songbirds that crash against the glass of the art gallery and:
make a soft applause of negligible impact with their downy bodies on the concrete steps below.LIGHTFAST looks at the relationship between nature and art from a different angle, as it contemplates the pigment Chlorophyll Green #31, which the sun affects:
fracturing the bonds of greenness playing havoc in the spectrum a painter's nightmaredrawing attention to the human tendency to seek to control nature.
In EMILY CARR, Ferguson commemorates the life of the Canadian artist and writer (1871-1945) who
......saw what western tribes saw: everything sees and so she put more watchers in her paintings than can be counted up and down her carved beams and cabin facesThese days how many of us see our relationship with nature so clearly? COMMUTE POEMS helps to remind us of this relationship.
|reviewer: Juliet Wilson.|