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978-1-926655-84-0 4.25 in. by 8.25 in.



by Alison Watt

A long poem about sailing from Baja to the Marquesas, but it's really about seabirds, flying fish, sea, sun, stars, free wind and free will.

Limited edition of 200 signed copies of which 20 include original watercolours on 90 lb. Arches cold-pressed paper. These 20 copies have sold out.

Each book consists of 19 pages concertina-folded and pasted into St. Armand 140 lb. handmade papers.

Crossing was designed by Alison Watt and set by Isabel Stukator. It was hand-folded and assembled (with the help of good friends) in the garden studio of Alison Watt.






Alison's poetry has appeared in many journals including, Prairie Fire, Event, Sub-terrain, and Arc. She is also a painter who works and teaches out of her studio on Protection Island, near Nanaimo.

Her first book, The Last Island a Naturalist's Sojourn on Triangle Island, won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction. Her book of poetry, Circadia, came out with Pedlar Press in 2005. She has a novel "Dazzle Patterns" coming out with Freehand Press next year.

Both her painting and her writing reflect her background as a biologist and her ongoing preoccupation with the aesthetics and intimacies of the natural world.

You can find out more about her work at www.alisonwatt.ca

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Launches Toronto November 4
Nanaimo BC: Nov. 23, 5:00 Mon Petit Choux Cafe Bakery
Tofino BC: Winterlights Festival November 26


through the keyhole arch,
the horizon
where I have agreed to live
for the next year—

starting tomorrow (weather permitting):
blue tiled monastery, frescoed cloud,
I will enter
with my shorn braid
in a ziplock in my bunk,
my navigation instruments,
my trick heart

and my usual ambivalence.

rip tides and rogue waves,

the whole Pacific breathing out and in.
The end is where we begin

to let go.
The anchor unburies itself,
swims up through clear water
like a grouper.

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