|Never the Same Sea Twice
Never the Same Sea Twice is Lesley Choyce's sixteenth book of poetry. Over the years, he has developed a yen for writing more travel poems, having realized since book number one that if he was to keep developing (or at least keep writing), he’d have to get out of the house more often and see how the rest of the world lives. Thus, this time round, you will find poems set in Joshua Tree National Park, California; Great Village, Nova Scotia; Bruges, Belgium; Fort Frederica, Florida; the Outer Banks, North Carolina; Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland; Amsterdam and his nearby home turf at Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia, among other locales.
Beyond travel poetry, the subject matter is quite far ranging, including poems about pelicans, earthworms, toasters, bridges, thunderstorms, mitochondria, the future, witches, whale communication, tears, April snow and the ponderous subject of forever.
In his introduction, Choyce writes, "Presumably, I now write about these things and more to try to extract some larger 'truth' that I am trying to distill from living these 71 years on this planet...From the beginning of my writing to this current project, however, there is a constant flow of quirky stories, oddball ideas, unusual encounters, personal opinions and ragged attempts at true insight into how the world works and what makes us tick. And I must somehow believe that is how a poetry book should be put together. Most of the content here comes from my quiet reflective moments, Wordsworth’s familiar notion that 'Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.'
"Establishing tranquility is getting harder to come by in the busy worlds we all live in, but you should continue to give it a try if you are able. And create a poem while you’re at it – even if you don’t write it down. Even if the poem is just in your head or even if the poem is just you sitting there quietly enjoying the fact that you are breathing and alive in the present."
Lesley Choyce is the author of over 100 books.