Fred Wah s career has spanned six decades and a range of formal styles and preoccupations. "Scree" collects Wah s concrete and sound poetry of the 1960s, his landscape-centric work of the 1970s, and his ethnicity-oriented poems of the 1980s. Fred was a founding member of the avant-garde TISH group, which helped turn Canadian poetry, in the West in particular, to a focus on language. He has said that his writing has been sustained, primarily, by two interests: racial hybridity and the local.
Most of Wah s early work is out of print. This collection allows readers to (re)discover this groundbreaking work. The volume contains:
"Pictograms from the Interior of B.C." (1975)
"Loki Is Buried at Smoky Creek" (1980)
"Owner s Manual" (1981)
"Breathin My Name with a Sigh" (1981)
"Grasp the Sparrow s Tail" (1982)
"Waiting for Saskatchewan" (1985)
"So Far" (1991)
The collection has been organized according to a chronology of composition (rather than a chronology of original publication): this reveals new connections and thematic trajectories in the body of work as a whole, and makes the book an eminently teachable volume. The book includes full-colour facsimiles of two early books, "Earth" and "Tree," reproduced to show the "hands-on" object-based aspect of chapbook publishing.
The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962-1990
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