Recipient of the Governor General's Award and many other major literary prizes, and regarded by fellow writers and critics as "the best poet of his generation", Patrick Lane is one of Canada's foremost literary figures. Syllable of Stone is his first book to be published in the UK and contains work from nine of his poetry collections, selected by Arc's international editor, John Kinsella, who also provides a thoughtful and illuminating introduction to Lane's work, part of it in the form of a discussion with the poet himself.
Intense, starkly honest, often disturbing, yet also subtle, compassionate, even gentle, Patrick Lane's poems are rooted in personal experience, and whether he's writing about the natural world or the human condition, they make an indelible impression.
Patrick Lane's long-overdue arrival on the British poetry scene is to be applauded.
Size 156 x 234 mm
Published January 2006