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Title Page, Copyright

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Table of Contents

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Foreword

Brian Henderson and Neil Besner, General Editors

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The Laurier Poetry Series was conceived in 2002 as a means to celebrate Canadian poetry and to introduce new readers to the richness and diversity of its poets. Rather than curate another large anthology that featured only a few poems by each poet, we thought it a good idea to suggest the real range of a poet’s work by enlarging the selection. Our anthology would have to comprise many volumes. But why stick with a many-volumed anthology? Why not create a series of small and affordable “selected”s? Each volume could be introduced...

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Biographical

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Nelson Ball was born in Clinton, Ontario, in 1942. He briefly studied psychology at the University of Waterloo, where he co-edited the literary magazine Volume 63, before launching Weed/Flower Press in 1965. Through Weed/Flower, he published about forty mimeographed (on a pre–World War II machine) books of poetry—often featuring visual contributions by his artist wife, Barbara Caruso—as well as the poetry magazines Weed and Hyphid. He issued early books by Carol Bergé, Bill Bissett, George Bowering, Victor Coleman, David McFadden...

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Introduction: Several Points of Attention Regarding

Stuart Ross

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Nelson Ball has been writing and publishing since the early 1960s—not counting the fifteen-year hiatus he took when transitioning from publisher to bookseller, beginning in 1972. Certain Details, Nelson’s first volume of selected poems, represents his published work up until 2015. At the time of this writing, one more full collection has been released—Chewing Water (Mansfield Press, 2016)—and several chapbooks. Nelson is also preparing two volumes of poetry written...

From With Issa: Poems 1964–1971 (1991)

Night Window

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The Hill

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Dry Spell

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The Room

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The Table The Chair

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Into & Out Of

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Dust

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Force Movements

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Admixing

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Preference

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Fragment On Poetics

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Snow-Boots

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February

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Writing A Poem

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The Audit

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Points Of Attention

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Epic

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With Issa

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From The Concrete Air [1971–1972] (1996)

Air

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Côte D’Azur

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Talk

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Poem For Your Bum

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From Under The Porch

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Huron County: Sunset

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Clouds

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Spring

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The Hum

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The Concrete Air

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Fly

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The Baby

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Flight 607, Montreal To Toronto, July 5, 1970

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Rhymes

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Dirt

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The Fly

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Toward Spring

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From Bird Tracks on Hard Snow (1994)

Wind

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Briefly

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The Spruce

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Night Sound

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To Barbara

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December

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Sparrows

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September

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Fall Sky

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The Primaries

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October 8th

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In The Park: Remembrance Day

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Tracks

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From Almost Spring (1999)

Snow And Freezing Rain

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March 20th

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Early Thaw

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Swallows

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Black Cloud

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Late Afternoon

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The Sands Of Wrigley Lake

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Watching

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Note

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Colours

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Fallen Trees

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Grasshopper

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Journal Entry: Nov. 10, 1992

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From At the Edge of the Frog Pond (2004)

Kaladar

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April

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Scrub Cedar

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At The Edge Of The Frog Pond

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Power Blackout

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In Silence

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In Marked Contrast

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Miracles

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Without Prejudice

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Gealla

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Knocked Out

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First Snow

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The Pool

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November

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The Only Sound

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From In This Thin Rain (2012)

Anti-Gothic

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How Low

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Dead Flies

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After The Rain

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Leaf

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Crickets

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On The River

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The Old House

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An October Day At The Mount Pleasant Ponds, Mourning

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Bannister Lake

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Snowdrifts

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Walking

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What Remain

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Farm Market Reports

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From Some Mornings (2014)

Some Mornings

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A Rattle Of Spring Frogs

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Talk

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Unheard

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Sensory Perception

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The Squirrel

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My Caffeine

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Geese

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You Must Look Hard To See What’s There

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To Bernadette Rule And Her Lovely Daughter, Caris

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Landscape

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Point Of View

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At The Farmhouse

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At The Ponds

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Autumn

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Ahead

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Uncollected Poems

May 23: Sunset

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In The Orchard

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A Final Question

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Caution

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Fishers

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Midnight Walk In Bruce County

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Willows

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U.S. Foreign Aid

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The Real Story

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Catherine Visits

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Plum

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L’Abbaye De Sénanque

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Low Moon With Loon

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A Romance

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Fences

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Light Line

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Ties

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Storm Warning

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Afterword: Me and My Poetry: An Autobiographical

Nelson Ball

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I began writing poems in the fall of 1959 when I was seventeen years old. At first, I wanted to be a writer more than I wanted to write. Writers were respected in our house. My mother and grandmother were constant readers of history and fiction by Canadian authors, including Pierre Berton, Grace Irwin, W. Sherwood Fox, Harry J. Boyle, George Elliott, Stephen Leacock, James R. Scott, and Robertson Davies, to name several. I wrote a few poems each year until 1964. My first poem was of unrequited love, followed by anti-war poems and a poem about...

Acknowledgements

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