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ISBN 13: 978-1-55017-586-8
ISBN 10: 1-55017-586-6
Price: $16.95 CAD; $16.95 USD
6 x 9 - 112 pp
March 2012

Dirty Snow

Winner: Acorn-Plantos Award for People's Poetry (2013)

Book Description

Tom Waymanís newest collection of poems, Dirty Snow, unflinchingly considers the impact of the Afghan War: its absence and presence in Canadiansí everyday lives as citizens of a nation at war.

The collection explores Waymanís view that Canadaís military intervention in a civil war between two odious sets of combatants has degraded Canadiansí quality of life by, among other means, the conflictís relentless absorption of public funds in pursuit of dubious ends.

Wayman is also concerned with echoes of the Afghan War in the personal sphere, particularly the warís effect on the natural world in the mountain valleys of southeastern BC where the author makes his home.

Dirty Snow reveals how life in wartime taints our perception of the landscape, and how the natural cycles provide solace despite the moral and economic quagmires in which the inhabitants of the twenty-first century are attempting to conduct their lives.

From the drone of bagpipes on Kandahar Airfield to jet bombers dropping Canadian schools and hospitals on far-flung Afghan villages, Wayman is a master of potent imagery, approaching his subject with a voice that is passionate and dark, all interwoven with prose introductions, allowing readers the sense that they are present at one of Waymanís engaging public readings.