Parables and Rain

Parables and Rain

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Parables and Rain

Ian McCulloch
Cover art by Ken Stange

6 X 9 inches, 104 pages

Penumbra Press Poetry Series, No. 33

SEVERAL CRITICS AND TEACHERS have praised Ian McCulloch, especially for the influence of the Native voice that informs his work. In this new collection McCulloch takes his language of human commitment (as one reviewer calls it) to a fuller level of narration. Here he tells stories that are complete anecdotes, each one precise and full at the same time.

Learn one fact
this is strength
they tell you

know this fact
hone it with your tongue
against your dull wit

use it to carve
your face to stone
whittle the vision from

your bleak eyes
drive the point home
take the shortcut

straight through your brain


Ian McCulloch


Ian McCulloch lives in North Bay, Ontario. His mixed Cree and white roots inform the delicate tension in all of his poetic work. Penumbra Press introduced Ian McCulloch to readers in 1982 with Moon of Hunger. Critical success lead to the publication of The Efficiency of Killers in 1988 and Parables and Rain in 1993, also well-received.

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