Steve McOrmond captures what it's like to love and leave your hometown in Lean Days, his debut collection of poetry. From remembering "Saturday night,/ half-tons cruise / Granville Street...Alice gives them the finger/ and you both think you'll die" to receiving a letter from the friend who stayed home, McOrmond's finely crafted poems awake the longing that everyone feels for the town that will never be home again. But the poet doesn't stop there. Having left his home he encounters a different sort of love where "it took a tall drunk guy in a blue dress to tell me I had great lips. It took you to show me who they / were made for..." and discovers new kinds of pain as the city wraps around him, full of the sound of Glenn Gould playing "Adagissimo. The tempo of stars." With honesty, a maritime sensibility, and a subtle way with images, Steve McOrmond's Lean Days invites readers into a past and a present that will resonate deeply with them.
Steve McOrmond was born in Nova Scotia, grew up on Prince Edward Island, and now lives in Toronto. His poems have appeared in literary journals and magazines across Canada. His work has been anthologized in Breathing Fire 2: Canada's New Poets and in Landmarks: An Anthology of New Atlantic Canadian Poetry of the Land. He has received the Alfred B. Bailey Prize (Writers' Federation of New Brunswick, 1996), and the Milton Acorn poetry Award (1995). He has also been short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for his first collection of poetry, Lean Days. Primer on the Hereafter is his second collection with Wolsak and Wynn.