by Allan Safarik
5.25" x 8.5" · 112 pages
Release Date: September 2008
In Yellowgrass by Allan Safarik we see a new direction from the author of the award-winning When Light Falls From The Sun (Hagios, 2005). While the themes of prairie landscape and people are present there is also a spare and relentless quality to the work that makes these poems both powerful and haunting. Anyone who has read Safarik will know that he engages readers with his acerbic humour, his forthright honesty and his take-no-prisioners approach to poetic language. With the blinders off, this is poetic vision from a poet who understands an uncompromizing picture of the human, and animal, experience.
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.