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Still No Word

This poetry collection by Shannon Webb-Campbell seeks the appearance of the self in others and the recognition of others within the self.

Shannon Webb-Campbell

(Breakwater Books Ltd.)

Shannon Webb-Campbell's Still No Word seeks the appearance of the self in others and the recognition of others within the self. Patient, searching, questioning and at times heartbreaking, these poems reveal the deep past within the present tense and the interrelations that make our lives somehow both whole and unfinished. And though Webb-Campbell is political at times, this is not politics for the sake of politics: here, it's a matter of the human heart. Ranging from reflective to angry, from sensual to humourous, her poetry inhabits that mercurial space between the public and the private, making Still No Word a remarkably accomplished debut collection. (From Breakwater Books Ltd.)

From the book

these spirits of place

are ancient

 

you remember landscapes

landscapes

remember you

 

every view holds memory

all horizons meet the horizon within

 

quiet mind

quiet body

there is nothing more to this

 

from this shore to that

avoid rocks, bottom,

high winds and water

it calls lightning to its breast

 

these rituals

meditations of undoing

all of us breath


From Still No Word by Shannon Webb-Campbell ©2015. Published by Breakwater Books.