Please join us for the launch of the stones by Dennis Cooley on Thursday, October 17th at 8:00 pm in McNally Robinson's Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg. Call for reservations: 204-975-2659.
Dennis Cooley’s poetic meditation on “stones” is an expansive collage of locating the self in the diaspora of mythology, history, geography, and literature. Because this is a long poem of contemplation, Cooley’s locus mundi performs the outstanding range of skill and practice he is able to bring from a life of writing and attention. He is a master of poetry as technique and here shows us how such art can really “make the stone stony.”
-- Fred Wah
Look what a long poem can do when it pursues the grubby and the grand with equal belief, nods to its mixed bag of forebears, and takes no syllable or line for granite, as the pun goes. Best of all, Cooley's the stones plays hard.
-- Gerald Hill
Stones...hewn by nature and the hand of man. They shelter us, record our grief, provide hope, joy and provide a window into the past. Dennis Cooley’s latest collection of poetry brings his trademark playfulness and wit to the very foundations of the earth. He stretches his prairie eyes far across the ocean to the cathedrals and monuments of Europe and connects our curling rinks and skipping stones to places rich in history.
Dennis Cooley has been a key figure in Winnipeg’s literary community for over 30 years. In that time he has written over a dozen books of poetry and edited numerous anthologies. He lives and writes in Winnipeg.