The Bare Plum of Winter Rain

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The Bare Plum of Winter Rain is the latest collection of poetry by award-winning poet Patrick Lane, author of more than 20 published books of poetry. An icon in the Canadian literary scene, Lane has won nearly every literary prize in Canada, including the Governor General's Award for Poetry in 1979 for Poems, New and Selected, the Canadian Authors' Association Award for Poetry in 1988 for Selected Poems and the Dorothy Livesay Prize for poetry in 1996 for Too Spare, Too Fierce. ...
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Overview

The Bare Plum of Winter Rain is the latest collection of poetry by award-winning poet Patrick Lane, author of more than 20 published books of poetry. An icon in the Canadian literary scene, Lane has won nearly every literary prize in Canada, including the Governor General's Award for Poetry in 1979 for Poems, New and Selected, the Canadian Authors' Association Award for Poetry in 1988 for Selected Poems and the Dorothy Livesay Prize for poetry in 1996 for Too Spare, Too Fierce.

Gathering together the last five years' worth of work, The Bare Plum of Winter Rain is an evocative collection, boldly exploring themes that range from meditations on the death of a mother, to love, sex and poverty, all with the craft and success of a master poet. From the stunning title poem, "The Bare Plum of Winter Rain," to the spirited love poems "Cunt" and "Vulva," Lane has created an exciting mix of style, voice and rhythm - reaffirming his place among the top poets in Canada and the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550172263
  • Publisher: Harbour Publishing Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.24 (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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Sometimes it hurts to be water.
Listen to the creak on clay, the lap the water in the ditches makes, the way it stirs in mud. I get down on my knees beside water, listen to the drench and drone,
and thud a stone makes sinking in the clay.
And the water, because it sings a song so old no one remembers it,
drags its beauty slowly. How hard to carry so much inside.
How much it hurts to be water.
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