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Summerhayes, Don.

Saskatoon. Thistledown Press, 1987. 68pp. paper, ISBN 0-920633-34-X (cloth) $20.00, 0-920633-35-8 (paper) $8.95. CIP

Adult /Secondary
Reviewed by Barbara J. Graham

Volume 16 Number 5
1988 September

speak the ordinary
words clearly
without insistence

choosing to say
some common thing
we have needed to hear
over and over

if only a message
of simple greeting
we recognize
whose lives touch

and move apart

Using a variety of lyric and narrative forms, Summerhayes transports the reader across our country, remembering simple yet important experiences that have had meaning for him and may touch a responsive chord in us. He remembers Miss Arthur who taught both him and his mother, the pathos of the returned soldiers, his boyhood at the quarry pond, the graveyards, a coffee stop in a dying western town, driving across Saskatchewan. These imagist poems are sensitive and quite beautiful; the narratives establish an intimacy with the reader through recognized experiences expressed with deceptive simplicity.

Barbara J. Graham, Board of Education far the City of London. London, Ont.
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