Critics’ Reviews

“Jesse Ferguson’s vibrant poetry not only makes music, it is music: in this collection, poems resonate with one another as if they were part of the harmonic series. This book is structured by rhythms and echoes of rhythms, and forms that play upon those rhythms further (like the villanelle, sonnet, pantoum, and triolet). Throughout, ordinary things—rain, a struck match, utensils in the cutlery drawer—have the hum and rattle of magic. Here’s a poet who shows us how to put an ear to the world and listen.” — Anne Simpson

“Jesse Ferguson is an irreverent formalist and a reverent experimentalist. One part sonorous Stormont County Scot, one part Klein or Layton, and one part Alden Nowlan, Jesse Ferguson cuts hay on some of the ageing fringes of the Canadian poetic tradition with refreshing honesty. Ferguson never buries his reverence for his masters—or, rather, his peers—in recondite allusion or post-modern cant; Jesse revels in their improvisational space with a vigorous vocal attack and an acute sensibility that is unafraid to be abashed.” — Stephen Brockwell

Posted on November 2, 2015