Lake of Two Mountains

Lake of Two Mountains

by Arleen Paré

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Lake of Two Mountains by Arleen Paré

Lake of Two Mountains, Arleen Paré's second poetry collection, is a portrait of a lake, of a relationship to a lake, of a network of relationships around a lake. It maps, probes and applauds the riparian region of central Canadian geography that lies between the Ottawa and the St. Lawrence Rivers. The poems portray this territory, its contested human presences and natural history: the 1990 Oka Crisis, Pleistocene shifts and dislocations, the feather-shaped Ile Cadieux, a Trappist monastery on the lake's northern shore. As we are drawn into experience of the lake and its environs, we also enter an intricate interleaving of landscape and memory, a reflection on how a place comes to inhabit us even as we inhabit it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771313650
Publisher: Brick Books
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 857 KB

About the Author

Arleen Paré is a poet and novelist, author of two previous books. Originally from Montreal, she lived for many years in Vancouver, where she worked as a social worker and administrator to provide community housing for people with mental illnesses. She now lives in Victoria with her partner, Chris Fox.

Table of Contents

Distance Closing In 5

More 6

Becoming Lake 7

Alnöitic Rock 9

Under Influence 10

Summer House Revisited 11

Figments 13

How Fast a Life 14

Summer 15

Map of the Lake 17

Monastic Life 1 21

Monastic Life 2 22

Monastic Life 3 23

Call and Response 24

How Own a Lake 27

Kanesatake 29

Impermanence 31

Whether Wind 32

Monastic Life 4 34

Monastic Life 5 35

Whose Lake? 36

Lake 1 38

Religious Life 39

Monastic Life 6 40

Dad before Lake 41

Swimming under the Overhead Fixture 42

Dad in the Lake 44

Older Aunt 45

Treading Water 46

Uncle Bobby 47

To Oka 48

How Belong 50

How Mend the Years 51

Angelwings 52

Frère Gabriel Crosses the Lake 53

Frère Gabriel's Life 1 54

Frère Gabriel's Life 2 55

Frère Gabriel's Life 3 56

Armies of Frogs 57

Oka Crisis 59

Northern Gate 62

L'Ile-Cadieux 63

Walking the Island Road after Dinner 64

Frère Gabriel's Life 4 65

Frère Gabriel's Life 5 66

When Heat Falls 67

Cardinals, Crows 68

Lake 2 69

Ghosts Moving in Forested Shade 70

Summer Ends 71

Things Change 72

Last Day 73

Monastic Life 7 75

Monastic Lake 76

What's Under 77

Eight Miles to the Centre 78

Sun Going Down 79

Acknowledgements 81

Biographical Note 83

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