Broken Vessel : Thirty-five Days in the Desert. First Edition, Signed.


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THURSTON, Harry. Broken Vessel : Thirty-five Days in the Desert. (Kentville, NS, Canada) : Gaspereau Press, Printers & Publishers, 2007. First Printing. Pp. (48). Unpaginated. 8vo (128 x 202 mm), printed cream card covers with French flaps, with black lettering to spine.

Harry Kenneth Thurston (b. March 3, 1950, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia).

The prolific Nova Scotia poet's collection of poems inspired by his stay in the Eastern Sahara in the early part of 2000.

"In January 2000, I travelled to the Egyptian oasis of Dakhleh – the “Inner” oasis – in the Western Desert, 600 kilometres southwest of Cairo as the crow flies. I was there to research a non-fiction book on the history of this so-called “everlasting oasis,” where, archaeologists have shown, people have lived continuously for nearly half a million years. Travel often inspires me to write new poetry, and the clarity of the desert environment (which arises, I think, from its starkness and immensity) seemed to beg for a response in verse as well as prose. I decided to write a single poem at the end of each day’s exploration of the oasis and the surrounding desert. The poems were drawn from three principal sources: my firsthand observations of the desert environment and the things living in it; the Western Desert’s known history; and my daily discovery of its revealed history, the last through the careful work of my archaeologist companions.

"In undertaking these poems, I was conscious of the ascetic tradition that the desert is a place of revelation, where, through removal from society at large, one might hope to achieve a greater clarity of purpose. [...]

My purpose was simple: to apprehend what I could in this, to me, foreign environment, then to respond extemporaneously in poetry, and to revise minimally at some later date. The result is the thirty-five poems of Broken Vessel, my metaphor for the desert."

Very good. Signed and warmly inscribed by Thurston on the half-title page. 20.00

Title: Broken Vessel : Thirty-five Days in the Desert. First Edition, Signed.

Author Name: THURSTON, Harry

Categories: 888,

Publisher: Gaspereau Press, Kentville, NS, 2007, ISBN:155447034x: 2007

ISBN Number: 155447034X

ISBN Number 13: 9781554470341

Seller ID: 115107