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Lost Family

A Memoir

by John Barton

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ISBN:9781550655599
publisher: Vehicule Press
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A bold experiment in autobiography, Lost Family: A Memoir is a book of sonnets that centres around the deaths of John Barton’s mother and sister, but tracks much of the poet’s early life in Alberta through to a conflicted, restless adulthood. Alongside tales of love, friends and mentors, intolerance, AIDS, and the struggle for equality, Barton’s collection—his first in eight years—explores how being gay rewrites and expands one’s sense of lineage, both inherited and chosen. A book of penetrating self-awareness and humility, marked by powerful image-making, Lost Family: A Memoir is a profound test of poetry’s ability to give coherence to life. It is also a celebration of the sonnet form, that finely made reliquary that permits memory to take shape.

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John Barton

Polari is John Barton’s eleventh collection of poetry. His books and poems have won three Archibald Lampman Awards, a Patricia Hackett Prize, a CBC Literary Award, and a National Magazine Award. His poems, essays, and book reviews have appeared in magazines and anthologies across North America, Australia, and the UK. John Barton is the former co-editor of Arc and the present editor of the Malahat Review. He lives in Victoria.
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