After hearing about Greenboathouse Books for a few years, and flirting with their web site every once in a while at www.greenboathouse.com, I finally ordered one of their chapbooks: The Land Beyond. The author, Matt Rader, is a poet who hasn’t yet published a full-length collection of poems but his name is always in my mind when I’m scanning the table of contents of a Canadian poetry magazine.
Rader is a poet whose work we will be reading for years, and The Land Beyond is a sample of Rader at his best. These are quirky yet familiar poems with a surprise on every line, and they are printed and bound within the most impressive package I have seen in Canadian chapbook publishing.
The people at Greenboathouse love making books and it shows—from the paper to the hand stitching to the beautiful cover design. Even the little plastic bags they ship the books in scream collector’s item. I got mine!