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Poetry Death

On Not Losing My Father's Ashes in the Flood

by (author) Richard Harrison

Publisher
Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd.
Initial publish date
Oct 2016
Category
Death, Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781928088226
    Publish Date
    Oct 2016
    List Price
    $18.00

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Winner of the 3rd Prize for Poetry in the 2017 Alcuin Society's Book Design Awards

Winner of the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry

Shortlisted for the City of Calgary 2016 W.O. Mitchell Book Prize

Finalist for the Poetry category of the High Plains Book Awards

In his final years, Richard Harrison's father suffered from a form of dementia, but he died without ever forgetting the poems he had memorized as a student and had taught to Richard as a child. In 2013, the poet feared his father's ashes had been lost in the flood water that ravaged Alberta?a crisis that would become the inciting event and central theme of this collection. Combining elements of memoir, elegy, lyrical essay and personal correspondence with appreciations of literary works ranging from haiku to comic books, Richard Harrison has written a book of great intellectual depth that is as generous as it is enchanting.

About the author

Lee Easton and Richard Harrison are writers living in Calgary. They both work for Mount Royal College. Easton is a specialist in literature dealing with such subject areas of gender, media, literary theory, multi media and film. Harrison — nominated for the Governor General’s Award in 1999 — is the author of six books of poetry. He has also worked as an editor on more than 20 books.

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Editorial Reviews

"The beauty in this book, what brings it close to being a gem, is the writer's ability to craft a vision of his inner struggle through personal dilemma that jointly allows the reader to address their own internal inquiry. That vulnerability, that openness, is what makes the poems in this volume ring." - League of Canadian Poets

"These gentle and compassionate poems are made of interlocking puzzle pieces so meticulously set into place and rendered that the seams become invisible." - Today's Book of Poetry

"Harrison has certainly delivered true infant gleamings of awe and sorrow in what is undoubtedly among the most searing poetry collections of 2016." - Marrow Reviews

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