Sfumato

New and Selected Poems

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Pub Date 06 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 06 Jul 2021

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A dead mouse reclining in a slipper; a cigarette smouldering on a motel bedside table; a woman seeing her life reflected in a deserted bird feeder. In Stones’ poetic universe the images pile starkly into the complex tissue of mortal experience, an abstruse sfumato-like weave of the human soul. By turns playful, darkly meditative and beautifully transcendent, Stones ventilates a world keenly observed, acutely realized and memorably articulated.

Poets show people things that they cannot see themselves. David Stones is such a poet and sfumato is his mirror, at once engaging, boldly unflinching. 

A dead mouse reclining in a slipper; a cigarette smouldering on a motel bedside table; a woman seeing her life reflected in a deserted bird feeder. In Stones’ poetic universe the images pile starkly...


Advance Praise

“A lyrical masterpiece….powerful and precise….each poetic jewel awakens in the wrapping and unwrapping of patterned motif and sound. A brilliant collection by a gifted performance poet.”

Debbie Okun Hill, poet, Tarnished Trophies

“Rich with philosophical questions both beautiful and tragic….sfumato and its skillful blending of life’s light and shade will stay with you long after you’ve turned its final page.”

Renée M. Sgroi, poet, life print, in points (erbacce-press, 2020)

“As with sfumato in painting: seamless transitions and lines and metaphors that melt into one another. The interplay between images delights the mind and ear.” Lynn Tait, poet, member of the League of Canadian Poets and The Ontario Poetry Society

“A brilliant new collection with a raw edge. Through riveting metaphor and a sense of the absurd, Stones reveals the dignity and holy patterns even in our deepest despair.” Joan Clayton, Author of Frida and Diego

“David Stones ranks among our finest poets. sfumato strikes that rare balance between contemplative and empathic, novel and familiar, intimate and worldly. A real ‘take with’ book.” Tom Gannon Hamilton, poet, Panoptic (2018) and The Mezzo Soprano Dines Alone (2020), both from Aeolus House

“Stones’ poetry never fails to delight. Losing yourself in sfumato and the rich and beautiful dazzle of his words will be time well spent.” Keith Tomasek, Publisher Stratford Festival Reviews

“A lyrical masterpiece….powerful and precise….each poetic jewel awakens in the wrapping and unwrapping of patterned motif and sound. A brilliant collection by a gifted performance poet.”

Debbie Okun...


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