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Footprints of Dark Energy

by (author) Henry Beissel

Guernica Editions
Initial publish date
Jul 2019
Canadian, Places, Nature
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    Jul 2019
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The title poem of this collection takes us on an epic journey across past and present historical events and through spaces defined by the natural sciences, as it explores the challenges of being human in these troubled times. It is accompanied by a gathering of shorter poems that confront the dark forces in our world as they struggle for the light at the end of the tunnel. In stark imagery, these poems turn words into music to celebrate the anguish and the glory of being alive.

About the author

Henry Beissel is a poet, playwright, fiction writer, translator and editor with well over 30 books published. Among his 23 collections of poetry are his epic Seasons of Blood and the lyrical Stones to Harvest. As a playwright he came to international fame with Inuk and the Sun, which premiered at the Stratford Festival in 1982 and has been translated into many languages and produced internationally. His most recent books of poetry include Fugitive Horizons, which engages the world of modern science; his celebration of our land and its people in Cantos North, which was republished in a bilingual English/French edition for the 150th anniversary of Canada. Henry is Distinguished Emeritus Professor at Concordia University (Montreal) where he taught English Literature for thirty years and founded a flourishing Creative Writing Program. He now lives with his wife, Arlette Francière, the painter and literary translator, in Ottawa.


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  • Winner, Ottawa Book Awards (Winner)

Editorial Reviews

Beissel understands the essence of both science and poetry, which he exhibits to great effect, reminding us that “this is no planet for the faint of courage,” but also pointing the way to where that courage may be found and drawn upon to stem our looming collective crisis.

Canadian Literature: A Quarterly Criticism and Review

... a much-needed compassionate wisdom for those—all of us—travelling into our planet’s uncertain future.

Neil Querengesser

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