Was it a manufactured hologram or the fog rising from a lake? In Nicholas LeaÕs first collection of poetry, the question coalesces in an obvious yearning toward Surrealism and a supreme interest in aesthetics. Everything is movies wrestles with the myth-making of mass culture and high art but the collection Ð accidentally? Ð rolls off the bed and onto the floor, a heap of laughing limbs.Even as the middle section (Dummies Wonder) stretches its arms toward the capital-L Canadian Landscape, LeaÕs dazed, schizophrenic conclusion reminds readers not to take too seriously any invitation to Òinvent/a school in the wood somewhere/where dummies wonderÓÑrather that all the while weÕve been Òunder-the-bubble-bath-looking-/up.Ó
Nicholas Lea was born in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory and grew up in and around the Ottawa area. He now lives and writes and works in Ottawa. He is the author of a previous chapbook entitled, light years (above/ground press) and has published his work in a number of print and online journals. For several years, he has been an active memberof Ottawa’s poetry community, doing readings, working with journals and participating in workshops.
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