and Out of Print
Geology, Metals, Minerals, and Mining
For the Love of Rocks
by Susan Ioannou, "The Mining Poet"
“surprises like the best dessert”
Hans Kloster, Lapidomanen
A Unique Book
A Wider Audience
Table of Contents
Four Poems AuthorsAloud Audio Response to the BookPublishing Details
A Unique BookProudly Canadian
Much past Canadian poetry described our people and landscape in lyrical terms. Combining research and wonder, Looking Through Stone / Poems on Geology, Metals, Minerals, and Mining burrows deeperthe first collection of poems in Canada devoted exclusively to geology and mining. Quite literally, it goes underground. From volcanoes to vitamins, the book presents a wealth of factual information. It also explores past, more fanciful notions about how rocks and minerals fit into our human picture. In its 107 pages, science and imagination meet.
The minerals included in the book are all to be found in Canadaa reminder of our country’s rich resources. First publication (ISBN 978-1-896350-22-6, 2007) was in mining country, Sudbury, Northern Ontario, by Your Scrivener Press.
- Part I introduces a little basic geology.
- Part II focuses on the seven metals of the ancients, linked to the planets and days of the week, plus platinum and uranium.
- Part III delves into myths and legends about the power of gemstones.
- Part IV looks at the history and technology of mining, and its social and economic impact.
A Wider Audience
In addition to traditional readers of poetry are many in the resource and mining community. The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada is including Looking Through Stone / Poems on Geology, Metals, Minerals, and Mining in its Mining Matters educational program. Also, it is being used in conjunction with the Specialist High Skills Major in Mining curriculum, developed by the Sudbury, Northern Ontario, Rainbow District School Board.
A grand continuum . . .
Part I - PETRA
Ash Flow Tuffs
Almost Like Love
Even the Words
Part II – METALLICA
From the Beginning
The Metal of Heaven: Iron
The Lunar Metal: Silver
The Power Metal: Copper
The Noblest Metal: Gold
The Liquid Metal: Mercury
The Oldest Metal: Lead
The Vital Metal: Tin
The Hardest Metal: Platinum
The Radioactive Metal: Uranium
Part III - GEM LURE
The Magic of Stones
Part IV - GOING UNDER
The Bottom of the Sluice Box
Working the Mines
1. Artisanal Miner
4. Free Miners
1. Iron Mountain
Reclaiming the Earth
Four Poems: “Why”, “Metamorphic”, “Aquamarine”, “Magnetometrist” AuthorsAloud: Susan comments and reads “Geologist”, “The Link”, “Haiku”, “Amber”, and “Engineers”. Response to the Book: What others think of Looking Through Stone / Poems on Geology, Metals, Minerals, and Mining
Publishing DetailsOriginal Paperback Edition: Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth by Susan Ioannou
(Sudbury: Your Scrivener Press, 2007, now ceased publishing)
107 pages, ISBN 978-1-896350-22-6 SOLD OUT.
First eBook Edition, Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth
(Wordwrights Canada, 2010), eISBN 978-0-920835-34-0.
Retitled Paperback Edition, with glossary, Poems on Geology, Metals, Minerals, and Mining: For the Love of Rocks
144 pages (Wordwrights Canada, 2017), ISBN 978-0-920835-52-4.
Retitled eBook Edition, with glossary, Poems on Geology, Metals, Minerals, and Mining: For the Love of Rocks
(Wordwrights Canada, 2017), eISBN 978-0-920835-51-7.
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