Keeping Count, M. Travis Lane's 18th collection of poetry, begins in the poet's favourite terrain: short, condensed lyric that focuses on the natural world. "But pull a thread: music turns," Lane writes, and the book progressively defamiliarizes the reader, moving from ecopoetry to a longer poetry of interiority in the second section, concluding with a final section that focuses on issues of mortality. As George Elliott Clarke has written so aptly, "If you have not read Lane before, prepare to travel: Like T.S. Eliot, she wants you to have a transporting experience in your imagination. If you have read Lane before, prepare for fresh astonishment. She is Homeric breadth and Sapphic brevity."
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.
"Lane is a poet of uncommon precision." – Patrick O?Reilly, for The Walrus
"Lane offers an 'impressive – and, to this point, underappreciated – life's work.'" – Micheline Maylor, for Quill and Quire
"Lane is great. She has received less attention than she deserves." – Laura Ritland, for Maisonneuve
Other titles by M. Travis Lane
A Tent, A Lantern, An Empty Bowl
Heart On Fist
Essays and Reviews, 1970-2016
The Crisp Day Closing on My Hand
The Poetry of M. Travis Lane
Divinations and Shorter Poems