Minutiae. Nelson Ball. Apt. 9 Press. Ottawa, Ontario. 2014.
Back in April of 2013 Today's book of poetry looked at Nelson Ball's In This Thin Rain (Mansfield Press, 2012), and we loved it. Today we look at Minutiae, Nelson Ball's latest from Apt. 9 Press.
Nothing has changed.
Ball still has more to say with less. These precise and polished little gems radiate good will and an understanding beyond pretense.
Little Things (Mean A Lot)
To Mary Neff, in memory of Nelson Neff
In the pocket
of his favourite golf jacket
three candy wrappers
and a shopping list:
I doubt very much if Nelson Ball realizes the very high esteem he is held in by other poets. I've never had the pleasure of meeting Ball, but I'd sure like shake his hand.
I also doubt that Ball would like the comparisons to Richard Brautigan or e.e. cummings but I see them both at work.
Perhaps they are my fanciful projection, but they are two of my heroes. I am lazy - so I measure against the greats.
To Barbara in absentia
you talked a lot
you are gone
This lament to his departed love echoes and haunts. Nelson Ball is one of Today's book of poetry's favourites. This is poetry of unadorned beauty, humour and tenderness.
A Rattle Of Spring Frogs
they are close
like a two stroke engine in the distance -
a motorcycle, or
a chainsaw -
Apt. 9 Press continues to impress with their beautiful handmade books. Minutiae was published in a limited run of 100. Hard to imagine they won't be pressed into a second run.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nelson Ball is a poet and bookseller living in Paris, Ontario. He operated the small press Weed/Flower Press from 1965-1974. Ball is the author of numerous books and chapbooks and the editor of Frank Harrington's Kristmiss Book and two editions of bpNichol's Konfessions of an Elizabethan Fan Dancer.