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Last Water Song

by Patrick Lane

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list price: $16.95
edition:Paperback
category: Poetry
published: Sep 2007
ISBN:9781550174502
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Shortlisted for the 2008 Acorn-Plantos Award for People's Poetry
Longlisted for the 2007 Victoria Butler Book Prize

Last Water Song, the first collection of new poetry from award-winning poet Patrick Lane since Go Leaving Strange (Harbour, 2004), is divided into two parts. The first part is a series of 16 long elegies on writer acquaintances who have died, including Adele Wiseman, Al Purdy, Earle Birney and Irving Layton. Prosey, relaxed and personal, these are some of the most moving poems Lane has written. The second section consists of 23 lyrics and narratives more typical of Lane's recent work, ranging from the eloquent "Teaching Poetry" to the evocative title poem with its hint of finality. Last Water Song is the work of a great Canadian poet, a collection to treasure.

About the Author

Patrick Lane has been called the best Canadian poet of his generation. He is the author of more than twenty books of poetry, most recently Syllable of Stone. His 2004 memoir, There Is a Season, won the inaugural BC Award for Canadian Non-fiction.

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"Patrick Lane has been following an incantatory breath line for the last several years, and with Last Water Song, his new collection of poetry, he has found his way."
"It shows a Lane to be a poet without peak; stylistically and thematically, he has always been powerfully reflective."
--Christine Matte, Monday Magazine

— Praise for <i>Last Water Song</i>

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Last Water Song

This book of poems consists of sixteen heartfelt elegies written for close writer friends and acquaintances including Irving Layton, Al Purdy and Earle Birney. Lane speaks to them as if they were alive, and he shares with us special moments spent with them. Through the elegies we learn much about Lane as well—reflections on his own mortality, the difficulties of crafting poetry, and the pain in making sense out of life. To poet Milton Acorn, Lane says, “Today I’m trying to find a piece of myself I lost. Instead, I find you.” Part Two contains twenty-three lyric and narrative poems. In quiet moments, often immersed in nature, he contemplates the fragility of life. Even though Lane is preoccupied with death, in “The Sooke Potholes” he celebrates that “we are a living place, the whisper of these waters ours to hold however brief our stay”.

Patrick Lane has received most major literary awards in Canada.

Caution: Contains some coarse language.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2008-2009.

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