2016 Governor General's Literary Award Winner
2017 Raymond Souster Award Finalist
Governor General’s Literary Award finalist and bestselling author Steven Heighton returns with a collection of laments and celebrations that reflect on our struggle to believe in the future of a world that continues to disappoint us. The poet challenges the boundaries of sleep and even death in these meditations on what lies just beneath the surface of contemporary life. These are poems that trouble over the idea of failure even as they continually recommit to the present moment. This is fierce music performed in a minor key.
Steven Heighton is a critically acclaimed fiction writer and poet. His novels include Afterlands, which was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and is in pre-production for film, and The Shadow Boxer, a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year. His poetry collections include The Waking Comes Late, winner of the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry; Stalin’s Carnival, winner of the 1990 Gerald Lampert Award for best first book; The Ecstasy of Skeptics, a Governor General’s Award finalist in 1995; along with The Address Book and Patient Frame, poems from which won the P. K. Page Award and the Petra Kenney Prize. His fiction and poetry have received four gold National Magazine Awards, have been translated into twelve languages, and appeared in such publications as the London Review of Books, Poetry, Best American Poetry, Agni, Tin House, Zoetrope, Best English Stories, the Walrus, Best American Mystery Stories, and Brick. He also reviews fiction for the New York Times Book Review. Heighton lives in Kingston, Ontario.