This collection extends poet Colin Browne's formal engagement with the margins of new documentary form. Myth, history, and the present are contemporaneous; and a rhythmic and political urgency requires the lightning-quick exchange of forms. In these poems thing is ever one thing, and thing is itself for very long.
Colin Browne is the author of Abraham (Brick Books, 1987); the critically acclaimed collection of poetry Ground Water (Talonbooks, 2002), which was nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award and a Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize; and The Shovel (Talonbooks, 2007), shortlisted for the 2008 ReLit Award. He was an editor of Writing magazine and co-founder of the Kootenay School of Writing, the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters, and the Art of Documentary workshops. Browne's films include Linton Garner: I Never Said Goodbye (2003), Father and Son (1992) and White Lake (1989), which was nominated for a Genie for Best Feature Length Documentary. He is currently working on texts for new operas. His recent work explores the history and legacy of the Surrealist fascination with the art of the Northwest Coast and Alaska, and includes the essay Scavengers of Paradise. Browne has recently retired from teaching production, screenwriting, and film history at Simon Fraser University's School for the Contemporary Arts.