- Inter Alia
- David Seymour
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Shortlisted for the 2006 Gerald Lampert Award
Inter Alia is the long-awaited first collection by one of Canada's most talented young poets. His work has been widely published in journals and was selected by Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane for Breathing Fire 2: Canada's New Poets. He is heir to the English metaphysical poets in many of his preoccupations, with a good dash of Robert Bly, but his technique is very much influenced by his interests in Oriental forms - haiku, waka, haibun, etc. Seymour is smart, yes; but this is above all poetry of deep feeling. Its publication marks the appearance of a unique and important new voice in Canadian poetry.
The Plain Fact of the Matter
Holding the cup in your hands, white. Watching it find a way to your lips;
the time it takes a cigarette to reach my mouth. You look as though you
are about to expose yourself, give up some secret. Or not. Your finger
circles the rim which catches your gaze; the one thing this moment
you want to understand without words. Ever have. Right before I
speak, you cock your head, bring your ear in close for this new,
less cruel language-in the cup, the shy turn of your neck.
Smoke is exhaled, broomswept dust in a sunlit room.
"10 Day Poem for Saskatchewan" is The Warped 45s debut album. The title track of the album uses lyrics derived directly from David Seymour’s poem “Ten Day Poem for Saskatchewan”. Stay tuned for songs based on David’s Lead Belly poems from the chapbook Head Arrangements, also included in his first poetry collection Inter Alia. To learn more about The Warped 45s, visit their website http://thewarped45s.com
- Inter Alia by David Seymour by Regan Taylor (The Dominion, Canada?s Grassroots Newspaper review, December 1, 2005)
- Renaming Stillness and Travel by Antje M. Rauwerda (Canadian Literature, spring 2007)
- Thought Made More Thoughtful by Daniel Scott Tysdal (Echolocation, issue 6, December 2006)
- Our Home, Called Earth by Lynn Davies (The Fiddlehead, Spring 2008, issue 235)
- Inter Alia by David Seymour by Warren Heiti (Malahat Review, Issue 155, Summer 2006)
- Inter Alia by David Seymour by Donald R. Officer (Tree Lines - Reviews & Commentary, February 2009)
- Inter Alia by Amanda Gordon (Re:Verse - A Zine for Young Poets)
- Inter Alia by David Seymour by Douglas Barbour (Canadian Book Review Annual, June 2008)
- Mainstream variousness: David Seymour’s Inter Alia by Douglas Barbour (Eclectic Ruckus blog, July 13, 2011)