Go Leaving Strange

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Go Leaving Strange - the latest collection from award-winning poet Patrick Lane - is filled with poems that explore the darker side of human consciousness and desire. A man kills his own six-year-old child in "Weeds." An addict strives to keep ahead of death in "Smack." But amid this bleak landscape of pity and regret, there is also redemption and hope, life and beauty - in the wisteria seed that "shines between the folded legs of the pod, demure, waiting for spring . . . ," in the polished silver bowl of a ...

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Overview

Go Leaving Strange - the latest collection from award-winning poet Patrick Lane - is filled with poems that explore the darker side of human consciousness and desire. A man kills his own six-year-old child in "Weeds." An addict strives to keep ahead of death in "Smack." But amid this bleak landscape of pity and regret, there is also redemption and hope, life and beauty - in the wisteria seed that "shines between the folded legs of the pod, demure, waiting for spring . . . ," in the polished silver bowl of a spoon, or in the "blue flare" of an "old blacksmith tempering iron in dust and fire." And the poet's presence is everywhere as he seeks to find meaning in this existence.

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Editorial Reviews

Vancouver Sun
"Patrick Lane's Go Leaving Strange (Harbour Publishing, 117 pages) is a watershed book for a poet whose work has been recognised with Canada's most prestigious literary awards. It's two sections, 'After' and 'The Addiction Poems' almost seem like books by different poets, but together they record the spirtual and artistic death and rebirth of a writer whose poetry has always had the impact of a switchblade pulled at a tea party...This new voice of Patrick Lane is more honest. It recognizes that the tragic and beautiful dilemma of being human is not something that can be summed up with a few clever lines or resolved by a quick sucker punch to the soul."
-John Moore, Vancouver Sun
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"...Go Leaving Strange asks the reader to examine their history and their nature, as Lane examines his own...But Go Leaving Strange doesn't necessarlity ask the reader to 'deal' with the problems of the world by changing them — as it says in 'Bent,' 'Bent is what you try to straighten, but metal breaks from weakness.'"
-Ian Blechschmidt, Imprint
Quills: Canadian Poetry Magazine
Go Leaving Strange is a book of coming to terms with the erosion of a mountain, yet if we hold a piece of of it the way Lane does, we may see the mountain, its beauty what perfects us in the moment.
-Daniela Bouneva Elza, Quills
The Peak
"...Haunting, ominous lines draw a bleak yet strikingly brillant and intriguing picture of B.C.'s interior for the reader. In 'Weeds,' Lane paints a picture of the interior reminiscent of T.S. Elliot's 'Wasteland,' and the 'terrible beauty' of the coyotes's flesh in 'Coyote.'"
-Jenn Marshall, The Peak
Quills: Canadian Poetry Magazine
"Go Leaving Strange is a book of coming to terms with the erosion of a mountain, yet if we hold a piece of of it the way Lane does, we may see the mountain, its beauty what perfects us in the moment."
-Daniela Bouneva Elza, Quills
From the Publisher
"It may be the most enduring quality of Lane's poetry­: the way he rides willingly into black territory to embrace the horrors there, just so they might set us all free."
-The Malahat Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550173284
  • Publisher: Harbour Publishing Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/6/2004
  • Pages: 117
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Lane, considered by most writers and critics to be one of Canada's finest poets, was born in 1939 in Nelson, BC. He grew up in the in the Kootenay and Okanagan regions of the BC Interior, primarily in Vernon. He came to Vancouver and co-founded a small press, Very Stone House with bill bissett and Seymour Mayne. He then drifted extensively throughout North and South America. He has worked at a variety of jobs from labourer to industrial accountant, but much of his life has been spent as a poet, having produced twenty-four books of poetry to date. He is also the father of five children and grandfather of nine. He has won nearly every literary prize in Canada, from the Governor General's Award to the Canadian Authors Association Award to the Dorothy Livesay Prize. His poetry and fiction have been widely anthologized and have been translated into many languages. Lane now makes his home in Victoria, BC, with his companion, the poet Lorna Crozier.

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Table of Contents

Howl 13
Temper 14
Lilies 15
The war 16
Weeds 19
Nails 25
Shingle 27
Choices 29
My father's watch 32
Tumbling mustard 35
Infidelity 36
Black diamonds 37
Cut-throat 39
Coyote 40
The wild self 42
The spoon 44
That cold blue morning 45
Wolf 47
Things 48
Dwarf crested male ferns 49
The mallard thought 51
Definitions 52
Breakup 53
Bitter 57
The dwarf 58
First lessons 59
Dead baby 60
Same old, same old 61
Sink blood 62
Uncle Jack 63
Backwards 64
Sweet 65
After 66
Ash 67
Say 68
Fathers 69
She says 70
Chickens and vodka 71
Campbell's mushroom soup 72
Sign language 73
Whiskeyjack 74
Fight 75
Dogs 76
Range 77
Priorities 78
Faceless 79
Curse 80
Business 81
Women 82
The working life 83
Digging ditches 84
Match stick 85
Ptarmigan 86
Leaving Old Hazelton 87
Johnny 88
Kids and coke 89
In due season we shall reap, if we faint not 90
Starlings 91
Trying 92
Hare-lip 93
Smack 94
Sorrow 95
Bent 96
Chevys & Fords 97
Hard days and nights 98
You walk in without words 99
Half-hearted moon 100
Wildfire 101
Tight smoke 102
His own sweet own 103
The sorrow-line 104
Crying time again 105
Hurting song 106
Go leaving strange 107
Going bad 108
The bush 109
Beauty 110
What you do love 111
Profane 112
Breaking 113
Death 114
Stiletto 115
Forgiveness 116
The truth 117
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