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Heart On Fist

Essays and Reviews, 1970-2016

by (author) M. Travis Lane

Palimpsest Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2016
Canadian, Poetry, Women Authors
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    Oct 2016
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An award-winning poet, M. Travis Lane has also been one of Canada's most productive literary critics over the past fifty years, having contributed several hundred reviews to Canadian publications. Heart on Fist includes a generous selection of her most essential pieces. A perceptive and fearless writer, Lane's trenchant critiques span a wide cross-section of English Canadian poetry and Quebecois works in translation. The volume brings together for the first time early considerations of Milton Acorn, Al Purdy and Michael Ondaatje, with close readings of Judith Fitzgerald, George Elliott Clarke, Ann Simpson and A.F. Moritz, as well as recontextualizations of avant garde writers like Margaret Christakos and Jay MillAr. One of the few women of her time to develop and maintain a critical voice in Canadian letters, this is a landmark book at a point when readers are increasingly looking for diversity in their literary journalism.

About the author

As a child, an "army brat," M TRAVIS LANE traveled almost yearly, and had no home town. Educated at Vassar and Cornell, she came with her family to Fredericton in 1960, where they became Canadian citizens. She is Honorary Research Associate with the English department at the University of New Brunswick, a member of Voice of Women for Peace and the Raging Grannies, and has been writing reviews for The Fiddlehead for half a century. Long recognized in Atlantic Canada, M. Travis Lane is finally being acknowledged nationally as one of the country's finest living poets. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Alden Nowlan Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize, the Bliss Carman Award, and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Crossover is her fifteenth poetry title.

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