by Jordan Mounteer
Jordan Mounteer’s first collection of poetry covers a lot of territory – both literal and figurative. He writes of home, travel, love, ecology, aging and coming of age. “Something connects all of those elements,” he says. “I don’t think they are mutually exclusive.
Though Mounteer writes about tree planting in British Columbia, his travels in Asia, and the most intimate moments drawn from love affairs and family, each poem is distinctively his. Perhaps that’s because he is the poet’s poet. “Tied up in my activity of being is the act of poetry,” he says, before adding that he writes about, “trees and mountains and stuff.” The fusion of the deeply philosophical and the pragmatic observation of the ordinary makes these poems both accessible and profound.
For anyone with a passion for the natural world and an awareness of our relationship within it, this collection is mandatory reading. “The idea of ‘ecology’ plays heavily into my work, whether we’re talking about dubious logging practices and the diminishing glaciers in the Valhallas or ‘going deep’ into that mental interface between ourselves and the environment, trying to find that ‘holographic puzzle piece’ of ourselves that fits into the rest of the world.”
POETRY • 158 pp • 6 x 9
softcover • $15.95