Winner of the 2004 Archibald Lampman Award (National Capital Region -- Ottawa) and shortlisted for the 2004 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the 2004 ReLit Awards In The Vicinity David O'Meara gives us a new kind of cityscape, one that brings its unseen, and usually unsung, materials to the foreground. Brick, concrete (that "not-so-silver screen / our walk-on parts are posed upon"), glass, steel, wire: they step boldly from anonymity into fresh focus, backdrops goaded into stardom. Full of casually-worn wit and humour, often using intricate forms that deftly reflect their subjects, these poems probe our conventional attitudes while walking us down present or remembered streets -- "Some-such Avenue / Rue Saint Whatever."
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About the Author
Born and raised in Pembroke, Ontario, O'Meara now lives in Ottawa and tends bar at the Manx Pub. Storm still (1999) was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award. The Vicinity (2003) was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Noble Gas, Penny Black is his third collection.