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Distributed for Athabasca University Press

The dust of just beginning

Don Kerr knows prairie culture better than most – he knows it from the inside out. He has made us aware of ourselves through his numerous volumes of poetry, his fiction, his many plays, his histories, and his interest in heritage. In this mature, accomplished collection, we can once again admire his unique prairie voice – minimalist, self-effacing, direct yet subtle and nuanced, immersed in his love of the vernacular language of this place. His line is muscular, his timing impeccable.

Table of Contents

just beginning

11 a height of prairies

12 Billy

14 the lady gardener, Anne Szum

15 the voice of Anne

16 sun

17 the jesus poems

24 the body poems

30 the waters of life

31 what then is free?

32 the rote beads

33 the last day

34 I told you I could drive

35 Ila

36 a memory

37 oh then

38 gone large gone small

39 the dust of just beginning

for it’s love

43 love poems

48 mall

49 body poems II, the black poet

journey man

57 a fearful carnality

58 lost and found

59 my road

60 the first day

63 where are we going next year?

64 to the tax man

65 journey man

66 you dream the poem

67 tough terrain

68 mind riding

69 Blue River

we are the echo

73 kelly’s alley

74 hunting rabbits

75 on the line

76 summer south

77 Cousin Lynda

78 water boy

79 we are the echo

80 this is the day nothing happens

81 body idling over

to escape onto paper

85 into the woods

86 word off

87 victim of story

88 at the end of his fifth whiskey

89 the dead tired poem

90 the anonymous clouds

91 never start from here

92 Samuel Beckett

95 acknowledgement

96 about the author

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