"Ledwell's title is the 'dip and veer' of his poem 'One Swallow,' the Romantic poets' harbinger of spring -- an apt phrase, for that is how his collection moves, through a versatile register from tragic realities and sombre meditation to whimsical, self-mocking humour and the vital capacity for love."

-- Michael Thorpe, Atlantic Books Today

Although Alex Colville is by no means an abstractionist, his art tends to be so technically perfect and aesthetically distanced that it strikes the poet as leaving as much room for the viewer's imagination as does that of the abstract painter. That is why Ledwell is so grateful to Colville's art for inspiring, challenging, and freeing up his participating poetic imagination, thus enabling this collection.

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