BRIGHT: Tobacco Butts, Behind the Needle, and Baleful Tales of Barn and Bunkhouse | Poems --- Amber Homeniuk | Numéro Cinq
BRIGHT as in Brightleaf tobacco or, perhaps more commonly, Virginia tobacco, the contemporary variant of the ancient sacred plant of Native Americans now used for making cigarettes. Amber Homeniuk is a poet who grew up on a southwestern Ontario tobacco farm just a few miles from the tobacco farm where I grew up. The public attitude to tobacco has undergone such a sea change that it is difficult to speak with nostalgia, but Amber does and I do. Growing up on a tobacco farm meant you were enveloped in a culture, a world, an annual cycle of event and ritual. So it is a deep pleasure to present Amber's poems; that vanished or vanishing life captured in her verse.