Civil and Civic (Poems) by Jonathan Bennett

By Jonathan Bennett

Limitations among inner most sectors and public geographical regions are puzzled during this medley of up to date poems from a longtime Canadian voice. topics of medication, the army, technological know-how, public family members, social justice, media, enterprise, and the environmental move are tested, illustrating the negative effects of transparency as opposed to legal responsibility. Exploring the satisfied injuries which may ensue while irreconcilable spheres of impression collide, Jonathan Bennett bargains insightful, relevant verse with exacting and vibrant diction.

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M. Hunter Artists’ Award in Literature. His poems have appeared in journals and magazines including The Walrus, Descant, and the Literary Review of Canada. Born in Vancouver, raised in Sydney, Australia, Bennett lives near Peterborough in the village of Keene, Ontario. As accomplished as Jonathan Bennett is at using language, he’s never fussy or precious about it. With his exacting, contemporary voice, part colourful reporter, part reluctant witness, his lines gain their effect by serving experience in the most necessary way possible, via clear-eyed attention and vivid diction.

42 Soffit and Facia Asset-backed paper was the new poetry, that which was unwanted and misunderstood. But there’s a bet someone got out early, quit bundling a million monthly moments of misery, before being in the hole lost its cool, went red in the face, fell apart. Then, hot dreams of property ladders extending up forever were sugar pie. Sweat-equity evaporated in a lick. There were no words, just actions recalling ideas we’d forgotten our fathers knew: make sure things are kept up and look nice, and, pay with cash.

My daughter was now born at a space up there—imagined flights lifting off the ground. And now all the dead have no place where a last breath was taken and they no longer can be so easily touched by us, here and now. M. I pop washed raspberries into my mouth, sat at our sill, one after another. Below the city is as horn-pressed and sworn as ever. I read it over again. I feel a breeze, see drip-drying sheets. String theory isn’t all we first imagined. It’s the radio. A voice proves it with a languid metaphor lost to open air.

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