A cover story by John Robert Colombo
Casting about for an image to use in a header for one of JRC’s blogs I found a promising Hubble photo of the Orion nebula. John wanted something a little “out there” and fun for the site and he was pleased with the result.
Today, I received an email letting me know that the image was receiving further use, this time on the cover of John’s latest title. Click the thumbnail for a closer look.
Here’s the information that came along with the cover shot:
A Far Cry is a new collection of poetry written by John Robert
Colombo. The composition of these poems took place during
the calendar year 2008. The sweep and depth of treatment of
subject and topic are bracing. There is a memorial for designer
Yves Saint Laurent and a description of Malta’s prehistoric
temples. Included are considerations of the composition of
the human brain as well as of the complexity of love. Poets
are recalled: Akhmatova, Cavafy, Darwish, Outram, Rilke,
Whipple, Whitman. Nostalgia is served with descriptions of
films noir, specifically actress Patricia Jessel, Dr. Ordway the
Crime Doctor, and Chester Morris as Boston Blackie. Word
play and love of language and odd bits of learning are everpresent.
Here is a book that celebrates in an imaginative and
idiosyncratic manner the extrania of life.
John Robert Colombo is nationally known for
his collections of Canadiana. Among his latest
publications are Footloose (a consideration of
Gordon Sinclair’s travel books), Whistle While You
Work (a collection of essays written since 2000),
The Big Book of Canadian Ghost Stories (a compilation
of psychical experiences with commentaries), and End Notes
(a volume of poems composed in 2007). Reacting to some
passing criticism, the noted cinéast Reg Hartt made the
following statement: “The truth about Colombo is that he has
the wisdom of an old man and the enthusiasm of a young
Cover design: David Shaw
Cover image: Detail of Orion Nebula, Hubble Space Telescope