Governor General's Literary Award finalist and bestselling author Steven Heighton's considerable dramatic lyric powers reach a new sophistication and intensity in his astonishing collection Patient Frame. From the court of Medici to the My Lai massacre; from love for a daughter and mother, through nightmare and displacement, to moments of painful acceptance; from erotic passion to situations of deep moral failure, these poems are part of an ongoing search, a scanning of our human horizons for moments of lasting value. Heighton's work has long shown a resolve to achieve some viable rapprochement between the mind's cold structures and the earthbound drives of the body.
Dynamic, vigorous, tender poems as engaged with the moment as they are with traditions of East and West. Patient Frame brings together more of Heighton's vital translations of poets as diverse as Jorge Luis Borges and Horace.
Steven Heighton is a critically acclaimed novelist and poet. His publications include the novels Afterlands, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, and The Shadow Boxer, a Canadian bestseller and a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year; and the story collections Flight Paths of the Emperor and On earth as it is. He has published four collections of poetry, including Stalin's Carnival, which won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for Poetry; The Ecstasy of Skeptics, which was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry; The Address Book; and Patient Frame. His fiction and poetry have been translated into nine languages, and have appeared in the London Review of Books, Poetry, Brick, The Independent, The Malahat Review, and The Walrus. He has been the writer-in-residence at Concordia University; Massey College, University of Toronto; and McArthur College, Queen's University. He has also taught at the Summer Literary Seminars in St Petersburg, Russia. He is currently writer-in-residence at the University of Ottawa. He lives with his family in Kingston, Ontario.
Steven Heighton again demonstrates that he is one of Canada’s most ambitious writers.