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The Deer Yard

by (author) Allan Cooper & Harry Thurston

Gaspereau Press Ltd.
Initial publish date
Mar 2013
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In the winter of 2009, Harry Thurston travelled to Campbell River on Vancouver Island to serve a term as writer-in-
residence in the former home of the renowned fisherman and environmentalist Roderick Haig-Brown. While there, he and his
longtime friend Allan Cooper embarked on a poetic correspondence; Thurston would send his Campbell River poems east and
Cooper would reply. In this, they were consciously following the model of the Wang River Sequence, a poetic correspondence
written by the Chinese poets Wang Wei and P’ei Ti over 1200 years ago. “Our poetry–separately–has always been rooted
deeply in the natural world,” writes Thurston. “Like many other Western poets, we have looked to the East, to classical
Chinese poetry, as one model to best express our relationship with what we now call the environment, a no less reverential
term than Nature.” The resulting twenty-one poems are reflective and richly imagistic, chronicling a single winter season
as experienced by two writers on opposite Canadian coasts.


About the authors

Allan Cooper has published a dozen books of poetry, including, The Alma Elegies, Gabriel’s Wing and Singing the Flowers Open. He has twice won the Alfred G. Bailey Award for poetry and received the Peter Gzowski Award in 1994. He is the founder of Owls Head Press and has been the editor of the intermittently-published literary journal Germination since 1982, when he took it over from Harry Thurston. Cooper is also a songwriter and performer. His recent musical projects include Rosedale and Songs for a Broken World. He lives in Alma, New Brunswick.

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Harry Thurston is the author of several collections of poetry and twelve nonfiction books, including Tidal Life: A Natural History of the Bay of Fundy, winner of three non-fiction prizes in the Atlantic region; The Nature of Shorebirds: Nomads of the Wetlands; and A Place between the Tides: A Naturalist's Reflections on the Salt Marsh, which received the 2005 Sigrid Olson Nature Writing Award in the United States and was shortlisted for the 2005 BC Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. He has also written for such magazines as Audubon, Canadian Geographic, and National Geographic. Thurston lives in Nova Scotia.


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