Selected Poems: 1977-1997

Selected Poems: 1977-1997

by Patrick Lane
     
 
Patrick Lane, one of Canada's most distinguished and acclaimed poets, has published over twenty books of poetry in his long career. This collection, the only comprehensive book of his poetry since 1988, gathers together the work of two decades, presenting his best work as a mature poet.

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Patrick Lane, one of Canada's most distinguished and acclaimed poets, has published over twenty books of poetry in his long career. This collection, the only comprehensive book of his poetry since 1988, gathers together the work of two decades, presenting his best work as a mature poet.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550171747
Publisher:
Harbour Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

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WINTER 31
What the child finds in snow is what a ship finds in the sea, a wake left behind, a froth that sinks back into itself everyone else waiting for the return, the full hold,
the grain come again, the hosannas which are prayers to plenty. The child knows nothing of this. He has been sent out to play and has discovered misery.
He is learning that the footsteps he finds in snow are his and his alone. How sweet his lament,
this silence in the negative world of cold.
It is a kind of perfect mutiny, everyone waiting and him knowing there will be no return.
If he were a priest he would say:
This is the end of the first lesson.

THE FIRST TIME
The first time
I saw a chicken run headless across the yard

I wanted to do it too

I wanted to kill something so perfectly it would live

DINNER
I would like to have dinner with the man who didn't follow Christ, the one who,
when Jesus said Follow me and I
will make you fishers of men, decided to go fishing instead, getting in his boat,
pushing out from shore, his nets clean and repaired, thinking I will have to work even harder now in order to feed everyone left behind. I would like to sit on the beach with him in front of a careful fire,
his wife and children asleep,
sharing a glass of wine, both of us telling stories about what we've done with our lives, the ones we caught,
the ones that got away.

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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