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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 novelist and poet. His novels include Afterlands, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and The Shadow Boxer, a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year. His collections of poetry include Stalin’s Carnival, winner of the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for Poetry; The Ecstasy of Skeptics, 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, The Walrus and other publications. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.