Publisher: Window Press, Toronto
ISBN: 0-9696447-0-1X Cover: Paperback
Price: $10 CDN, $10 US
Status: In Print
In Guatemala and Other Poems, Brian Campbell takes us into a world of urban ciphers who rage and delight in their hysterically sharp-edged, homuncular condition; that of the wronged Jonah, who in his fury at his God finds clues of the ultimate conundrum of his existence; and into mid-1980’s Guatemala, where in a poignant and lyrical piece of poetic reportage Campbell reveals inner contradictions of that beautiful and tragic country. All these forays are conducted with consummate assurance and poetic skill.
THE PRICE OF GOLD
In the corner of the garden
the woman clutched herself. She rocked.
Her sobs were a violent laughter.
All around her, almond trees bloomed.
Birds cheeped in a nest, somewhere high up.
On the other side of the garden wall
two men discussed the falling prices
of sugar, oats and gold.
Their voices were quite audible.
In an age when so many poets seem preoccupied with describing what passes for their own navels, it is truly refreshing to read Brian Campbell… with knife-like irony, he cuts holes through the pretences and depravities of a civilization swept away by its own media-induced inertia…
— Jean-Pierre Pelletier, author of L’Amnesique
Warning: Any resemblance to actual persons (living or dead) or to places or events is strictly intended and frighteningly accurate! A guided tour (de force) in poetry from the steamy jungles of Guatemala to the ill-fated Jonah and back to our fragile selves.
— Rene Akstinas, poet/artist
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PREFACE: OF TINYMEN, COLOSSI AND GUATEMALA
Snap Crackle Apocolypse
The Poem He Didn’t Write
The Price of Gold
Homunculus Ho Ho
Latin Scholar in the Woods