This is the first book of poetry by the well-known painter, and her poetry reflects the influence of such writers as bpNichol and Tom Raworth. Downe's poems are both intimate and emotionally powerful.
"The first book of poetry by the painter Lise Downe, is simply stunning. Its painterliness emerges in a language that is saturated with sensual tones. . . . Intensely lyrical, even pastoral, these poems . . . transport the reader . . . in a kind of dizzy but precise awakening to the shifting forms and colors of the world." --"University of Toronto Quarterly" "This writing shimmies away from terra firma, follows tendrils of wondering . . . Our challenge is to enter this world of syntactic slippage, to allow that velvet increase: the rewards, I think, are as profuse as the leaves that thicken the cover." --"Books in Canada"