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Cover Makes a Set
Joe Blades

“What an amazing project. I've never seen anything like it before.”
—Mark Abley


“One of the most respected young poets in Nova Scotia.”
The Daily News

“Joe Blades is many things to many people. To young, would-be poets, he is an inspiration . To the writing community he is an organizer, a volunteer who comes through . But most of all, he is an artist. A Poet.”
Cross-Canada Writers’ Magazine

Cover Makes a Set is an experimental poem sequence mirroring a bound set of architect’s drawings with condensed prose poems and visuals. An insightful poetic document, singing the everyday, from the life of a frontline cultural worker. At the time he was writing Cover Makes a Set, Blades was living in Halifax NS, employed part-time in a blueprint shop while also working as a freelance writer, editor and designer, and being actively involved in numerous arts organizations. This was his first full-length poetry collection.

Joe Blades is a writer, artist, editor and publisher. He is Past President of the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association, a Past President of the Canadian Poetry Association, and a former regional representative for The League of Canadian Poets. The author of a score of poetry chapbooks and several poetry collections, Cover Makes a Set (London ON: SpareTime Editions, 1990), River Suite (Toronto: Insomniac Press, 1998 & BJP eBooks, 2000), Open Road West (Fredericton NB: Broken Jaw & BJP eBooks, 2000) and casemate poems (Waterloo ON: Widows and Orphans, 2004). Blades has been actively writing, performing and publishing since 1980. He is producer/host of Ashes, Paper & Beans: Fredericton’s Writing & Art Show, the editor of several periodicals, and books, Great Lakes Logia (Broken Jaw & BJP eBooks, 2001), Jive Talk: George Fetherling in Interviews & Documents (Broken Jaw & BJP eBooks, 2001), Crossroads Cant (Broken Jaw), and the reference guide, In the Dark-Poets & Publishing. He currently lives and writes in Fredericton NB.

April 1990 / 8.5” x 6.75” / 61 pp / poetry (BISAC: POE011000)
SpareTime Editions
ISBN 0-919957-60-9 (tp) / $14.95