Trout Stream CreedBook - 2003
From an avowed prose writer comes this debut poetry collection - a vivid celebration of the natural world, a twisting and turning romp through the English language, and a wonderful tribute to fathers, mothers, young poets and waders in trout streams everywhere. In his fiction, such as the Coteau-published novel Banjo Lessons, David Carpenter has become known for several things: his ability to tell a good story, his sense of humour, his keen eye for detail, and his love for the vagaries and intricacies of the language. Carpenter's first book of poetry is imbued with these characteristics, and the results are rewarding: Trout Stream Creed is a dynamic, energetic and fast-moving collection, playful in spots but deeper and moodier in others. This is in many ways a turbulent collection, both inward- and outward-looking, both joyous and melancholic, both simple and complex. Here are poems about pretentious young poets and missing young girls, dying fathers and new beginnings, the power and vibrancy of the natural world but the fragility of it also. And the final poem, Notes on My Mother, Marjorie Carpenter (1910-2002), is a remarkable tribute to a treasured life, an emotional and triumphant elegy that must be read aloud to be appreciated. In his clear and accessible voice, Carpenter has written an engaging and graceful collection of poems, filled with wit, insight, colour and the wisdom and patience of a man who's spent many hours in the company of elusive trout.
Publisher: Regina : Coteau Books, c2003.
Branch Call Number: 819. 1 CAR
Characteristics: 113 p.