[poems]Book - 2009
John Lent celebrates the urban and natural landscapes of southern British Columbia in a series of jazz-inspired meditations sung in a laid-back, conversational style.
In order to get the music he wants, Lent plays with the visual architecture of his poems, making them mirror what the poems see: those crazy mysteries and back beat moments when you catch a big and strange idea sideways and then it disappears, leaving you feeling triumphant for no reason.
In Cantilevered Songs , Lent stresses the typically unstressed -- the throwaway moments during walks and hikes -- and holds these recollections up to a light that is prismed by experience. Gazing from these various angles, Lent takes his own advice: "Play that song. Play it again. Now, improvise ", and the poems become song.