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.
burn underground, consuming themselves, molecules
released from the organic glue
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.