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Nelson Ball has had a significant impact on contemporary Canadian poetry not only as a poet but as an editor, with his Weed/Flower Press in the 1960s and 70s. Certain Details provides a major overview of the breadth and many paths of Ball’s poetry over six decades. This selection of his work includes his trademark minimalist poems in addition to longer works and sequences; it spans nature poems, homages, meditations, narratives, found poems, and visual poems. The book contains selections from all of Ball’s major collections as well as works that have previously appeared only in chapbook or ephemeral form.

In a generous and thoughtful afterword, and for the first time in print, Ball discusses his processes, influences, and aesthetics. The book is introduced by editor and poet Stuart Ross, who offers a personal entry point into Nelson Ball’s extraordinary oeuvre.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. Brian Henderson and Neil Besner, General Editors
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  1. Biographical
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  1. Introduction: Several Points of Attention Regarding
  2. Stuart Ross
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  1. From With Issa: Poems 1964–1971 (1991)
  1. Night Window
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  1. The Hill
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  1. Dry Spell
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  1. The Room
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  1. The Table The Chair
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  1. Into & Out Of
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  1. Dust
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  1. Force Movements
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  1. Admixing
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  1. Preference
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  1. Fragment On Poetics
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  1. Snow-Boots
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  1. February
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  1. Writing A Poem
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  1. The Audit
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  1. Points Of Attention
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  1. Epic
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  1. With Issa
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  1. From The Concrete Air [1971–1972] (1996)
  1. Air
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  1. Côte D’Azur
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  1. Talk
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  1. Poem For Your Bum
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  1. From Under The Porch
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  1. Huron County: Sunset
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  1. Clouds
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  1. Spring
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  1. The Hum
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  1. The Concrete Air
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  1. Fly
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  1. The Baby
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  1. Flight 607, Montreal To Toronto, July 5, 1970
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  1. Rhymes
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  1. Dirt
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  1. The Fly
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  1. Toward Spring
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  1. From Bird Tracks on Hard Snow (1994)
  1. Wind
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  1. Briefly
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  1. The Spruce
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  1. Night Sound
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  1. To Barbara
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  1. December
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  1. Sparrows
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  1. September
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  1. Fall Sky
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  1. The Primaries
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  1. October 8th
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  1. In The Park: Remembrance Day
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  1. Tracks
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  1. From Almost Spring (1999)
  1. Snow And Freezing Rain
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  1. March 20th
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  1. Early Thaw
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  1. Swallows
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  1. Black Cloud
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  1. Late Afternoon
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  1. The Sands Of Wrigley Lake
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  1. Watching
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  1. Note
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  1. Colours
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  1. Fallen Trees
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  1. Grasshopper
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  1. Journal Entry: Nov. 10, 1992
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  1. From At the Edge of the Frog Pond (2004)
  1. Kaladar
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  1. April
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  1. Scrub Cedar
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  1. At The Edge Of The Frog Pond
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  1. Power Blackout
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  1. In Silence
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  1. In Marked Contrast
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  1. Miracles
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  1. Without Prejudice
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  1. Gealla
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  1. Knocked Out
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  1. First Snow
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  1. The Pool
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  1. November
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  1. The Only Sound
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  1. From In This Thin Rain (2012)
  1. Anti-Gothic
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  1. How Low
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  1. Dead Flies
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  1. After The Rain
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  1. Leaf
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  1. Crickets
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  1. On The River
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  1. The Old House
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  1. An October Day At The Mount Pleasant Ponds, Mourning
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  1. Bannister Lake
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  1. Snowdrifts
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  1. Walking
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  1. What Remain
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  1. Farm Market Reports
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  1. From Some Mornings (2014)
  1. Some Mornings
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  1. A Rattle Of Spring Frogs
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  1. Talk
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  1. Unheard
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  1. Sensory Perception
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  1. The Squirrel
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  1. My Caffeine
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  1. Geese
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  1. You Must Look Hard To See What’s There
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  1. To Bernadette Rule And Her Lovely Daughter, Caris
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  1. Landscape
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  1. Point Of View
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  1. At The Farmhouse
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  1. At The Ponds
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  1. Autumn
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  1. Ahead
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  1. Uncollected Poems
  1. May 23: Sunset
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  1. In The Orchard
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  1. A Final Question
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  1. Caution
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  1. Fishers
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  1. Midnight Walk In Bruce County
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  1. Willows
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  1. U.S. Foreign Aid
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  1. The Real Story
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  1. Catherine Visits
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  1. Plum
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  1. L’Abbaye De Sénanque
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  1. Low Moon With Loon
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  1. A Romance
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  1. Fences
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  1. Light Line
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  1. Ties
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  1. Storm Warning
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  1. Afterword: Me and My Poetry: An Autobiographical
  2. Nelson Ball
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  1. Acknowledgements
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781771122733
Print ISBN
9781771122467
MARC Record
OCLC
956556418
Pages
65
Launched on MUSE
2017-03-02
Language
English
Open Access
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