The poems in Souwesto Home are fresh, youthful meditations on such diverse subjects as the Little Lakes near Stratford, Ontario, the flora of Elgin County, the Donnelly feud, lichens, a Department Store Jesus, and so on. The collection ranges widely in tone and technique, from the lyrical to the satirical, from the direct and straightforward to the linguistically playful. As ever, Reaney’s signature voice, his inimitable combination of sophistication and child-like simplicity, may be heard in every line. Like his contemporaries, P.K. Page, Margaret Avison and Colleen Thibaudeau (his wife), he has lost nothing of his poetic prowess to advancing years.
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About the Author
James Reaney lived in London, Ontario until his death in June 2008. He is the author of many experimental plays for children and adults, short stories, a children’s novel, a non-fiction book on the national tour of The Donnelly Trilogy, a good many important essays and several volumes of poetry, best known and loved of which are A Suit of Nettles and 12 Letters to a Small Town. James Reaney is a three-times Governor General’s Award winner, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and member of the Order of Canada.