Toronto, Ont.: Pedlar Press, 2003.
9th floor PS8589 .H3457 S63 2003
Publisher’s Synopsis (from its flier New in 2004)
The language of Small Arguments is simple yet there is nothing simple in its ideas. The work touches on the structures of argument, orchestrating material around repetition, variation and contrast. Thammavongsa’s approach is like that of a scientist/philosopher, delicately probing material for meaning and understanding. The poet collects small lives, and argues for a larger belonging: a grain of dirt, a crushed cockroach, the eyes of a dead dragonfly. It is a work that suggests we can create with what we know and with that alone.
Awards and Honours
2004 ReLit Award–Poetry (Winner)
2003 Alcuin Society Award for Excellence in Book Design in Canada–Poetry category (2nd Prize); Designer: Zab Design & Typography