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.
Richard Harrison is the author of seven books of poetry, among them, Governor-General's Award nominated Big Breath of a Wish, poems on his daughter's acquisition of language, and Hero of the Play, the first book of poetry launched at the Hockey Hall of Fame. His poetry has been translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic. He teaches creative writing at Calgary's Mount Royal University where he also lectures on the graphic novel.
"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