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Elemental Mind
K.V. Skene


from “Before I Begin”

to skim the page of your shoulders
the book of your hands,

learn the soft violence of body
to body pushing past pain


“These poems are fine stuff: tight, solid, pointed work, in clear focus.”
– Susan Ioannou, Wordwrights Canada

“Her work reflects the vast emptiness of [Canada] ... the poems have a grave, often uncomfortable objectivity ... a strong sense of calm strength.”
New Hope International (UK)

K.V. Skene was born in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, grew up in Lachine, QC, has lived in a Toronto and Colborne, ON and on a houseboat in Victoria, BC. She spent two years in Oxford, and is now living and writing from the small seaside town of Swanage in Dorset, England. Her poems have appeared in Canadian, US, UK, Irish and Australian publications. Her poetry collections include Pack Rat (Reference West), Fire Water (Ekstasis) and The Uncertainty Factor/As A Rock (UK: Tears in the Fence). Elemental Mind is title #3 in the Canadian Poetry Association Book Series.

poetry / trade paper / 64 pp / September 1999
Broken Jaw Press
ISBN 1-896647-16-2 / $15.95