Calm Jazz Sea

By Mike Barnes

Calm Jazz Sea
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Shortlisted for the 1997 Gerald Lampert AwardThe poems in Calm Jazz Sea reveal a world forever becoming and disappearing, watched over and handled gently by the compassionate intelligence of Mike Barnes. In the everyday and the ephemeral meals, drinks, weather, work, moments ... Read more


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Shortlisted for the 1997 Gerald Lampert AwardThe poems in Calm Jazz Sea reveal a world forever becoming and disappearing, watched over and handled gently by the compassionate intelligence of Mike Barnes. In the everyday and the ephemeral meals, drinks, weather, work, moments of solitude or connection he finds ways to engage the secret matter of humanity: what horrifies, astonishes, or comforts us. Like the sea of the title, restless and receptive, the language of the poems moves through many levels of voice: from an easy vernacular to the strain of conversation, or from the precise record of sensual matter to the insubstantial gestures that constitute thought.

Mike Barnes

Mike Barnes has published eight previous books across a range of genres: poetry, short fiction, novels, and memoir. His collection of poems, Calm Jazz Sea, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award; and Aquarium, his first collection of stories, won the Danuta Gleed Award. His newest book is The Adjustment League (2016), the first in a series of three noir novels. He works as a private English tutor and lives in Toronto.

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