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   Poems Celebrating
   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
And More
  • Four Poems
  • AuthorsAloud Audio
  • Response to the Book
  • Publishing Details

    A Unique Book—Proudly 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 deeper—the 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 Canada—a 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.

    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.

    Contents
    PREFACE
    A grand continuum . . .

    PROLOGUE
    Why

    Part I - PETRA
    Petra
    Geologist
    Exceptions
    Thinking Big
    Magnetometrist
    Metamorphic
    Igneous Rock
    The Link
    Haiku
    Devitrify
    Ash Flow Tuffs
    Hammer Trail
    Sedimentary Rock
    Rock Sample
    Almost Like Love
    Pegmatites
    Geode
    Two Facets
    Mineralogy Lesson
    Even the Words
    Illusion
    He Sits
    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
    Oracle Stones
    Gem Lure
    Lithotherapy
    Amethyst
    Hematite
    Garnet
    Amber
    Emerald
    Moonstone
    Aquamarine
    Diamond
    The Magic of Stones
    Clay
    Part IV - GOING UNDER
    Prospector
    The Bottom of the Sluice Box
    Underground
    Working the Mines
       1. Artisanal Miner
       2. Slaves
       3. Shareholders
       4. Free Miners
       5. Technocrats
       6. Engineers
    Horror Stories
       1. Iron Mountain
       2. Cyanide
       3. Holes
       4. Silicosis
       5. Prophecy
    Reclaiming the Earth
    Pest Control

    EPILOGUE
    Petrologist

    GLOSSARY

    And More

  • 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 Details

    Original 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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