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Where Genesis Begins
Author(s): Gerry Squires, Tom Dawe
Genre(s): Art Poetry
Publish Date: 2009-03-16
Softcover: $39.95
Hardcover: $59.95

Where Genesis Begins is a collaboration of two of Newfoundland’s foremost artists: Tom Dawe, a profoundly visual poet, and Gerald Squires, a profoundly poetic painter. The book contains thirty-seven poems by Dawe, twenty-nine of which have not been published before, and seventy-one artworks by Squires.

The book opens with an essay by Martina Seifert of Queen’s University in Belfast and closes with an afterword by poet, novelist, and essayist Stan Dragland of Newfoundland.

The hardcover edition comes with an audio cd of Tom Dawe reading all of the poems that appear in Where Genesis Begins.

ISBN (10) 1-55081-261-0
ISBN (13) 978-155081-261-9

Hardcover (with audio cd)
ISBN (10) 1-55081-266-1
ISBN (13) 978-155081-266-4

WINNER of the Canadian Authors Association (CAA) Poetry Award.

FINALIST for the E.J. Pratt Poetry Award.

"It has always seemed to me that Tom Dawe and Gerald Squires share an underlying vision...In addition to giving a remarkable overview of the work of these two creative geniuses, Where Genesis Begins provides us with the opportunity to explore the many threads that connect their work."
-Bernice Morgan, award-winning author of Random Passage, Waiting for Time, and Cloud of Bone

"To have the quiet wisdom carried in Tom Dawe’s finely crafted poems in complex conversation with Gerald Squires’ powerfully inscaped paintings: the overtones are endless. To recall a similarly inspired collaboration I have to reach back to the seventies, when Ted Hughes connected with Leonard Baskin."
-Don McKay, two-time winner of the Governor General's Award

"For those of us born and raised on this island, in this Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, hard-wired into its weathers, tides and history, the combination of Tom Dawe and Gerry Squires resonates like fish and brewis – not necessarily in that order."
-Christopher Pratt, famed artist and poet.

"Sage, saint and satirist ,Tom Dawe is at his vintage best in Where Genesis Begins, one of the great books of the year if not of the decade"
- John Ennis, Award-winning poet and author of New Hibernia

"These pages are both sumptuous and pristine in design…This writing is superb and makes Where Genesis Begins more than an art book."
- Joan Sullivan, The Telegram

“Some books stay with you and you will return to them again and again. Where Genesis Begins is one of those finds.”
- Sharon Hunt, The Chronicle Herald

“If all you want to do is flip through the book, read the poems, and contemplate the art, you will still fill several hours, probably over several days, and find inspiration and refreshment for your soul. Where Genesis Begins is a provincial treasure… a gorgeous volume.”
- Jean Graham, The Northeast Avalon Times

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