Winner of the Atlantic Poetry Prize
In the Primer on the Hereafter, Steve McOrmond distills the fleeting beauties and lingering pains of daily life into darkly elegant, elegaic poems. Moving from rural to urban settings, considering the stars, music, and the inanimate objects that share our lives, McOrmond subtly examines concepts of home, loneliness, belonging and worth. With graceful lines he creates startling images and metaphors, where crows are "uneless/as 10,000 cigarettes" and a young deaf couple can "hardly pay attention to what their hands are saying." This is a compelling collection'smoky and concentrated, it lingers long in the reader's mind.
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.