Photos: The Male Damselfly Speaks broadsheet reproduction, David Brewer
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Please contact author Diane Reid, Breton Books, Nimbus Publishing, Westminster Books (Fredericton), the UNB Bookstore (Fredericton Campus), or your local bookseller.
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“The Male Damselfly Speaks”
© 2012 Diane Reid from Summer Preserves (Breton Books)
“The Male Damselfly Speaks”—a finalist in the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick’s 2012 Individual Poem competition—has been typeset by hand and reproduced on cotton rag paper in a limited edition of 50 copies. The broadsheet’s impress, carved by David Brewer of Fredericton’s Rabbittown Press, replicates the fly of the book’s cover.
A metrical form reclaimed by Canada’s P.K. Page (1916-2010) in Hologram: a Book of Glosas (London, ON: Brick Books, 1994), the glosa was invented by Spanish court poets of the late 14th c.
An epigrammatic 4-line cabeza introduces the theme of the poem; four 10-line stanzas—wherein the 6th, 9th, and 10th lines rhyme—explain or “gloss” the introduction. An excellent teaching tool for secondary and tertiary-level instructors, “The Male Damselfly Speaks” encompasses lines from Laurie Block’s “Pre-Nuptial” (Time Out of Mind. Lantzville, BC: Oolichan, 2006).
Signed copies suitable for framing are available from the author, or from Westminster Books: 445 King St., Fredericton, NB E3B 1E5. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 506.454.1442.