by Jim Nason
The poems in Narcissus Unfolding are the force of life going on. Narcissus is a love poem – a poem to the love that goes on in the life of the people a loved one leaves behind, a poem of love to the body, even as the body betrays us. It is a book that inspires its readers to re-examine how they are loved in a world that’s often disappointingly real when compared to the ideals we carry within us, sometimes to our own detriment. Yet, once accepted, once understood, real, flawed, failing love is seen in all its unfolded glory – and embraced.
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Soft Cover with flaps
Jim Nason has published six poetry collections. He has also published a short story collection and his third novel, Spirit of a Hundred Thousand Dead Animals, will be released in the fall of 2017. His stories, essays and poems have been published in journals and anthologies across Canada and the U. S., including Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2008, 2010 and 2014. Jim holds degrees from McGill, Ryerson and York Universities and is the owner/publisher of Tightrope Books, Toronto.
He is the founder and organizer of Canada’s annual human rights poetry event, Meet Me in the Middle: Writers on Rights.
Jim has been a finalist for the CBC Literary Award in both fiction and poetry categories and is currently working on a new short story collection: Damned if You Do.
He has just completed his first play: The Red Bus in The Winter Woods.
“Visceral, erotic, tender, accurate: this poet’s uncompromising gaze, ‘from beneath all that love and lace’ touches body and soul, interior and exterior, urban landscape and wilderness shore, ‘threading through concrete and light.’ From the ‘glossy green tile’ of Union Station ‘(twenty doors open at once)’ to Lake Huron’s ‘green-grey rowel of water/and foam,’ Jim Nason’s Narcissus Unfolding carries its imprint of human presence – the struggle to love, the need for redemption – even as it recognizes animal forms, ‘As if I were the imagined thing.’ This voice knows us, inside and out, from the erotic gaze of the male for the male to ‘the drawn-out stutter of a radiant heart.’ ‘To be a girl,’ Nason writes elsewhere, ‘…a man/like a man able to love.‘”
~E. Alex Pierce
“By now you have given your eyes/ to the window,” writes Jim Nason of a sleepless night. But throughout this wonderful collection, Nason’s clear-eyed gaze is searing, his perceptions of the natural world and the human startling. His natural musicality combines with the honesty of his poems to bring us closer to our wishes, failings, emotional truths (“I want teacher to love me”; “the terrible flaw/ of your father’s hand/ bruising her face”). Narcissus Unfolding gives us poems of presence in a troubling world, engagement with others, a special brilliance in capturing nature in the city and in the country, and the unsparing focus of an accomplished poet.”