Stone Scar Air Water
Walleah Press, $20 pb, 131 pp, 9781877010323
Judy Johnson’s sixth collection of poetry brings us a strong range of closely observed, powerful poems. As the title suggests, they are all linked together by elemental themes: the apparent solidity of stone, the persistence of scar tissue, the promises of air, and the complex gifts of water. In their often very different ways, each of the poems negotiates something of this elemental field, either in terms of an actuality of landscape and the specificity of place, in relation to particular narratives of history or as an archaeology of the emotions.