Like the page turned down to make ather / page, Dog Ear explores the marks we leave on a world whose social and political markers are constantly shifting. In his fourth book of poems--and most powerful work to date--Jim Johnstone establishes himself as an exquisite observer of decay, both physical and spiritual. This is a universe where man resembles the final / generation of a species branching / towards an in-between. Johnstone's poetry blurs past and present, private and public in a kinetic style marked by weird seminarratives, defamiliarizing close-ups, and raw self-examinations.
Jim Johnstone obtained his MSc in Reproductive Physiology from The University of Toronto. In 2006, he received the E J Pratt Medal and Prize in Poetry for his chapbook Siamese poems. Currently, he edits Misunderstandings Magazine, a literary journal he co-founded in 2005.