Book Review for seam:

Subterranean Blue Poetry

Volume VII Issue X


Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: seam

Author: Monty Reid

Publisher: above/ground press

Date of Publication: 2018

Pages: 16

"I've been sleeping Barely dreaming . . ." - Burning Man by Maggie Rogers

seam is a long poem, that explores the imagery of fire and earth in new language, an excellent journey in the art of poetics at the New Age Renaissance Republique of Poetry by Monty Reid and above/ground press. Monty Reid (Poet, Museum worker, poetry editor, poetry festival organizer) was born in Saskatchewan and now lives and works in Ottawa. He has been nominated for the Governor General's Award three times, he was the poetry editor at Arc Poetry Magazine and currently manages VerseFest, an Ottawa poetry festival. He has written many collections of poetry, including Karst Means Stone (NeWest), Garden (Chaudiere), Meditatio Placentae (Brick) and Chapbooks. This is his fifth Chapbook published at above/ground press.

This poem tells a story, as a journey in the imagery of a burning coal seam juxtaposed as a failed love affair. It is as if he is in a field watching the burning coal, observing, describing and lamenting to the sky for the suffering.

"The seams

                         burn underground, consuming themselves, molecules
                                   released from the organic glue
                                                                                                    into smoke"

The language is full and round in the metaphor of damnation, an exploration of ended beginnings, the hell of missing a lover in heat, fire and burning. Perhaps there is a subtle argument of accusation, a lover is missing and not suffering, "At the throat's fissure, a burnt language, but this is not you." Reid describes sexual sacrilege, being in intimate relationship without consent, ending without consent, deep suffering, the world as a whore, caught in burning. A work caught in the Old World Society after World War II, elevated into a classical post-modernist weave. A vivid write in full images, classical poetic climes, seam by Monty Reid.

Available at above/ground press.

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