coda: fluttertongue 7


coda is a recapitulation of what went before in the previous six fluttertongue books, reduced and
rendered with fresh elements woven in—improvisatory yet echoing—born out of revisiting, and
then morphing words and fonts into additional flutterings.

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This chapbook concludes fluttertongue—Smith’s seven-book exploration of methods of poetic composition. He began this adventure in the 1990s, born of the realization that all his work was just one poem—or perhaps one long interrelated process, stretching and discovering the possibilities of combining words and pushing them into new poetic dictions and forms. He borrowed the title—fluttertongue—from music. It’s a technique used by wind players, literally fluttering the tongue to create a vibrating sound. He took it as a term emphasizing the energetic activity of the tongue, and thinking of orality, when shaping language in poetry.  

Steven Ross Smith, poet, prose writer and arts journalist, has published fourteen books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. His work appears in print, audio and video in Canada, USA, and abroad. He is known for his seven-book poetic exploration fluttertongue. Over many decades he’s been effective too as a literary activist, on behalf of writers, speaking, teaching, organizing, blogging, editing and presenting. He has lived and written in Toronto, Saskatoon, Banff, Winnipeg, and on Galiano Island. His collaborative chapbook Table for Four, created with Winnipeggers Ted Landrum, Jennifer Still, and Colin Smith was published as a limited edition by Jackpine Press in 2020. coda: fluttertongue 7, is the final book in the fluttertongue series. The coda visualization is a collaboration with Saskatoon designer Brian Kachur. Smith served as Banff Poet Laureate 2019-2021. He was the founding Director of Sage Hill Writing Experience (1990-2008) and Director of Literary Arts at the Banff Centre (2008-2014). Since early 2020, he’s Covid-coped and
written in Saskatoon, after a decade away.

Brian Kachur is an independent artist, illustrator, graphic designer, writer, consultant, public speaker, husband and father. He makes picture books, designs award-winning projects, and sits on the Public Art Advisory Committee for the City of Saskatoon.