Posted on January 04 2019
Poetry We Love
is BooksActually's newest blog series featuring excerpts of poetry from our favourite collections. In this edition, we look at the newly-released Math Paper Press publication written by Jason Wee, 'An Epic of Durable Departures'
. This collection stands as a record of a friendship between two artists formed in the shadow of illness and mortality, and
moves towards the living in reverse time, opening with obituaries and ending with a renewed beginning.
"... the city to grow again with a riot of rubble-making and
the help of migrating men hoping to bring to realization
some of their own dreams to take back home."
-Li Cassidy-Peet (1952-2014)
"And if it takes too long,
or the wanting of
in its absence, recedes,
or a landing no longer
exists, if it turns out
to be nothing,
and if there’s no taking back
to wish for, will you have,
desire will fail,
and, were I wrong, even then
would you have chanced
the troubling light, transforming,
against the already-
mapped, the shore?
And yet, knowing you,
what migration is, the unlooked-for,
a sudden fact
among swift water,
if to avoid never loving, at all?"
— An excerpt from Vespers Or Making Haste,
from the poetry collection 'An Epic of Durable Departures' by Jason Wee