Fred Wah s career has spanned six decades and a range of formal styles and preoccupations. "e;Scree"e; 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:
"e;Pictograms from the Interior of B.C."e; (1975)
"e;Loki Is Buried at Smoky Creek"e; (1980)
"e;Owner s Manual"e; (1981)
"e;Breathin My Name with a Sigh"e; (1981)
"e;Grasp the Sparrow s Tail"e; (1982)
"e;Waiting for Saskatchewan"e; (1985)
"e;So Far"e; (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, "e;Earth"e; and "e;Tree,"e; reproduced to show the "e;hands-on"e; object-based aspect of chapbook publishing.
The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962-1990
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