The poems in From Out of Nowhere are steeped in the Prairie landscape and wilderness and explore the male domain.
From Out of Nowhere explores how cities have changed the landscape for prairie poetry. The poems find the intersections where nature speaks through cowboys, hunters, fishers, farmers, and businessmen. These voices are captured in cityscapes where they mutate, harmonize, and resonate to give new meaning to old turns of phrase, calls to actions, and directions home.
In the end, From Out of Nowhere reveals that it is within our green spaces that we are reminded of our past, our present and our uncertain future, leaving us to find ourselves and our spirits, somewhere between city and country.
John Toone is in the midst of perfecting the prairie roar, the long poem of multiple perspectives and precise insights. There are echoes of Cooley, Hunter, and Kroetsch in these pages. From Out of Nowhere is a relentless and exhilarating text.
Jon Paul Fiorentino, author of stripmalling
From Out of Nowhere is poetry written against paperwork and the banal language of bureaucracy and control. John Toone’s phrases slip out of the rut of conventional meaning through surprising turns. This book brooks no lazy readers: instead, it fights for a fresh engagement with words and the ideas they carry.
Alison Calder, author of Wolf Tree
Winnipeg poet John Toone's debut ... has boldly emerged like a call from the shadows of the Fort Rouge bridge: swift, startling and resonant.
Jennifer Still, Winnipeg Free Press
Written in a tough-guy's one-liners, John Toone's From Out of Nowhere is a marvelous compendium of wordplay and contemporary business, political, cowboy and advertising clichés set to stagger in single broken lines.
Karin Cope, The Dalhousie Review
Runner-up for the 2009 John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer
Short-listed for the 2009 Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book
Short-listed for the 2009 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry
Turnstone Press acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Government of Canada, and the Province of Manitoba through Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage.