The Day Is a Cold Grey Stone

The Day Is a Cold Grey Stone


by Allan Safarik

Paperback (Poetry)
8.5" x 5.25" · 120 pages
Release Date: April 2010
ISBN 9781926710044

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Allan Safarik is a poet who is driven by the love of language as much as by the external world. By discovery and singing he brings us a world we identify with and rejoice in. Always peculiar, always imaginative, these poems echo the language and concerns of poets like Newlove and Birney. Here is the world of the imagination and the world of the rugged and beautiful West Coast landscape.

The Day is a Cold Grey Stone brings together new and selected poems set in and inspired by the West Coast. Safarik, has published two remarkable books of poetry from the prairies, Where Light Falls from the Sun and Yellowgrass. With The Day is a Cold Grey Stone Safarik's poetic journey has come full circle. Very few Canadian poets have written with such confidence and strength on two distinct regions of our country. He is one of very few who lay poetic claim to both the West Coast and the prairies.

The Day is a Cold Grey Stone is a work where the geography of the imagination is as vibrant as the one before the author's eyes and the one beneath his feet.


Allan Safarik

Allan Safarik was born in Vancouver and raised in a commercial fishing family on Vancouver Heights in North Burnaby where he spent much of his childhood exploring the waterfront when he wasn't playing soccer in East End parks. He is the author of fourteen books of poetry, is an editor and was a co-founder of Blackfish Press in British Columbia. In 1986, he edited the award winning anthology Vancouver Poetry. Safarik, a long time resident of White Rock, BC, currently resides in Dundurn, Saskatchewan and teaches Imaginative Writing at St. Peter's College in Muenster. Safarik won the 2003 John V. Hicks Manuscript Award for Literary Non-Fiction and the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry (in the name of Anne Szumigalski) for When Light Falls from the Sun Hagios Press. He has a B.A. in English from Simon Fraser University. His works include How I Know The Sky Is A River: Selected and New Shorter Poems 1978-1998 (Hagios, 1999), Bird Writer's Handbook (2003), and Blood of Angels (2004) Yellowgrass (2008). In 2012 Safarik published with his father, Norman Safarik, Bluebacks and Silver Brights: A Lifetime in the B.C. Fisheries from Bounty to Plunder.