9781550171747

Patrick Lane : Selected Poems, 1977-1997

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-10-01
  • Publisher: Partners Pub Group
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Summary

Patrick Lane, one of Canada's most distinguished and acclaimed poets, has published over twenty books of poetry in his long career. This collection, the only comprehensive book of his poetry since 1988, gathers together the work of two decades, presenting his best work as a mature poet.

Table of Contents

THE MEASURE (Black Moss Press, 1981)
13(14)
The Measure
13(2)
Just Living
15(3)
CPR Station--Winnipeg
18(1)
Fragments
19(2)
Chinook
21(1)
The Garden
22(5)
OLD MOTHER (Oxford University Press, 1983)
27(14)
Buffalo Stones
27(1)
Skull
28(2)
There Is a Time
30(2)
A Red Bird Bearing on His Back an Empty Cup
32(2)
The Great Wall
34(1)
Commune Girl
35(1)
Over the Slow Rivers
36(5)
SELECTED POEMS (Oxford University Press, 1987)
41(12)
The Beauty
41(1)
Harvest
42(1)
Variations
43(3)
Dostoevsky
46(3)
Night
49(4)
WINTER (Coteau Books, 1990)
53(24)
Winter 1
53(1)
Winter 2
54(1)
Winter 4
55(1)
Winter 6
56(1)
Winter 7
57(1)
Winter 13
58(1)
Winter 15
59(1)
Winter 16
60(1)
Winter 18
61(1)
Winter 20
62(1)
Winter 21
63(1)
Winter 22
64(1)
Winter 27
65(1)
Winter 31
66(1)
Winter 33
67(1)
Winter 34
68(1)
Winter 35
69(1)
Winter 39
70(1)
Winter 40
71(1)
Winter 41
72(1)
Winter 42
73(1)
Winter 44
74(3)
MORTAL REMAINS (Exile Editions, 1991)
77(30)
Swift Current
77(2)
Dominion Day Dance
79(1)
The Far Field
80(2)
The Killer
82(2)
Father
84(2)
Fathers and Sons
86(2)
She
88(2)
The Happy Little Towns
90(2)
Brothers
92(2)
The Attitude of Mourning
94(2)
The Book of Knowledge
96(1)
Fragility
97(1)
The Firebreather
98(1)
Balance
99(1)
Detail
100(1)
La Scala
101(1)
Impression
102(1)
In the Dark
103(1)
Dinner
104(3)
TOO SPARE, TOO FIERCE (Harbour Publishing, 1995)
107
The Desert
107(1)
Balsam Root
108(1)
Stars
109(1)
Naramata
110(1)
Knotted Water
111(1)
Wisteria
112(1)
Held Water
113(1)
The Changing Room
114(2)
Cougar Men
116(2)
Cougar
118(1)
Far North
119(1)
The Calf
120(1)
The First Time
121(1)
China White
122(1)
Too Spare, Too Fierce
123(1)
Breaking
124(1)
The Story in His Bones
125(2)
Moths
127

Excerpts

WINTER 31
What the child finds in snow is what a ship finds
in the sea, a wake left behind, a froth
that sinks back into itself everyone else
waiting for the return, the full hold,
the grain come again, the hosannas
which are prayers to plenty. The child knows
nothing of this. He has been sent out to play
and has discovered misery.
He is learning that the footsteps he finds in snow
are his and his alone. How sweet his lament,
this silence in the negative world of cold.
It is a kind of perfect mutiny, everyone waiting
and him knowing there will be no return.
If he were a priest he would say:
This is the end of the first lesson.


THE FIRST TIME
The first time
I saw a chicken
run headless
across the yard

I wanted
to do it too

I wanted
to kill something
so perfectly
it would live


DINNER
I would like to have dinner with the man
who didn't follow Christ, the one who,
when Jesus said Follow me and I
will make you fishers of men, decided
to go fishing instead, getting in his boat,
pushing out from shore, his nets clean
and repaired, thinking I will have to work
even harder now in order to feed
everyone left behind. I would like
to sit on the beach with him
in front of a careful fire,
his wife and children asleep,
sharing a glass of wine, both of us
telling stories about what we've done
with our lives, the ones we caught,
the ones that got away.

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