The Green Alembic

The Green Alembic


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The alembic was a vessel used in distillation, one of the most important processes in the ancient art of alchemy. In these lyrical poems Louise Fabiani explores the prevalence of transformation in Nature as well as the human realm. She finds alchemy in the creation of haute cuisine from raw ingredients, girlhood rites of passage, Mozart's suspicious death and, most of all, in the familiar otherness of flora and fauna.

About the Author:

Poet, naturalist, and science writer Louise Fabiani was born in Toronto and raised just outside Montreal. She graduated from McGill in biology and holds a Masters degree in environmental studies from York University. Her poetry has appeared in many publications including Arc, Prism International, and The Fiddlehead. Once again a resident of Montreal, she is currently completing a novel and teaching English as a second language. This is her first book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781550651232
Publisher: Vehicule Press
Publication date: 01/01/1999
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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The sun swivels into night

finding the owl

sunk into a dream

of tiny feet and wet noses

the size of teardrops.

Awakening he flies,

silence itself, a smooth glide

on cloud breast.

So swift

the mouse is snatched

from its own

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