Sally O

Sally O

Sally O

Selected Poems and Manifesto

5.5″ x 8.5″

Thistledown Press

2009

ISBN: 978-1-897235-68-3

Sally O is Charles Noble’s first retrospective of incomparable printed literary expeditions, from 1972–2007. A perfectionist, a highly-focused meditative reader and writer, Charles hones his collection with further research and editing until printing press presses him to finalize title. His sensitivity to his readers who have not had the luxury of time and mental discipline to read and ponder with his depth and breadth shows in his manifesto of a heavily-footnoted afterword, two appendices and “An Open Letter to Alberta Views,” as always fuelling thought at a level that he enlightens and pushes his readers to. This is Noble at his best, yet I’m certain the best is yet to come when he switches his focus, targeting his next literary project. It is a long awaited collection by his readers, a must-have for anyone who wants to record an original, one of the best “post-contemporary” writers. “Taking its times,” this collection will not be lost on a well-read future.

A summary of some Sally O reviews on Thistledown’s website include the contribution of:

  • Kaya Fraser in CANADIAN LITERATURE (212 / SPRING 2012) 
  • Richard Stevenson in CONTEMPORARY VERSE 2, FALL 2011
  • ALBERTA VIEWS, MARCH 2010