Ravine, Mouse, a Bird’s Beak / Yvonne Blomer

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Yvonne Blomer has served as Victoria, B.C.’s poet laureate for three years. During that time she has been an advocate for all things poetry, including editing the anthology Refugium—Poems for the Pacific (Caitlin Press, 2017). As her term drew to a close she spent time with Robert Bateman paintings at the Bateman Centre in Victoria, online, and through reading his memoir. She wrote fifteen ekphrastic poems as a response to some of his paintings and Ravine, Mouse, a Bird’s Beak presents them alongside the images that inspired them.

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Yvonne Blomer and Robert Bateman at the Bateman Centre in Victoria in October, 2018. The paintings and poems will be on display until January 31, 2019.


This chapbook is published in an edition of 250. All images in the book, with the exception of the author’s photograph, are paintings by Robert Bateman.

The text is designed and typeset in Charter Roman and SignPainter Housescript.  The book is hand sewn with hemp thread.

Made in Ootischenia.


The book is $25 CAD or USD plus shipping ($4 within Canada)

If you would like to order a copy of this book, send an email to:
nibpublishing@gmail.com

Also available at The Bateman Centre in Victoria, B.C.