In Conversation With Jacob Scheier, Part I

“Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark, And shares the nature of infinity.” – William Wordsworth Jacob Scheier writes essays, poetry, and journalism. His book More to Keep Us Warm won the 2008 Governor General’s Award for poetry. He was born in Toronto because his parents, on returning from an activist mission in Palestine, were not allowed to re-enter the United States. His poetic landscape is made up of memories of New York, Judaism, his family’s radical communism, and the tragedy of his mother’s early death. His most recent book of poems, Letter From Brooklyn, was just recommended here in “The … Continue reading In Conversation With Jacob Scheier, Part I

Poetic Nonfiction in Iraqi Kurdistan

Poetic Nonfiction in Iraqi Kurdistan Book: Echo Gods and Silent Mountains Author: Patrick Woodcock Publisher: ECW Press “From being mere labels for material objects, words gradually turn into magical charms. Out of a catalogue of material facts is developed–thanks to the efforts of forgotten primitive geniuses–all that we know today as ‘poetry’.” – Owen Barfield A guide leads the poet to a small rectangular hole. They climb down to see where the Kurds hid, four families to a cave, when Saddam Hussein was bombing them. It smells terrible, it’s dark and dank and teeming with bugs. Although the bombing has … Continue reading Poetic Nonfiction in Iraqi Kurdistan