This stunning collection will break your heart and put it back together again, as Pamela Porter unravels a long-held family secret in a moving personal search for redemption, face to face with the question of her own identity. As she says, "It was this way when Rome was burning, / and was not so different / when dark fires flared / outside the walls of Eden." These poems brim with deep longing, remorse, the beauty of the natural world, an abiding thirst for the truth, and finally, acceptance and peace, as when there is "a choir of foxes, out from their hollow / in the early dark, / yipping, yipping and singing, / praising the bright, the unkempt world." Late Moon is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and to the transformative power of language — with Porter writing to rise "above the grief-stricken world/ and sing all night."
Pamela Porter's work has won more than a dozen provincial, national and international awards. Her third poetry collection, Cathedral, was shortlisted for the 2011 Pat Lowther Award, and her poems have won the Vallum Magazine Poem of the Year Award, the Prism International Grand Prize in Poetry, and have been shortlisted four times for the CBC literary awards. She is also the Governor General's Award-winning author of The Crazy Man. M. Travis Lane has written, "Porter's poems are pervaded with a sense of grace, of mercy, beauty and benediction." Pamela lives near Sidney with her family and a menagerie of rescued horses, dogs, and cats, including a formerly wild mustang.