Disarmament

By John Terpstra

Disarmament
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John Terpstra’s Disarmament is a new collection of poems from one of Canada’s great literary craftsmen. Ranging over difficult terrain, from Port-au-Prince to the Iroquois Bar, Terpstra is always able?through keen observation and playful, thoughtful use of language?to locate ... Read more


Overview

John Terpstra’s Disarmament is a new collection of poems from one of Canada’s great literary craftsmen. Ranging over difficult terrain, from Port-au-Prince to the Iroquois Bar, Terpstra is always able?through keen observation and playful, thoughtful use of language?to locate the moral centre. Terpstra’s poems open and close distances?between the present and the past, parent and child, one country and another, the old world and the new, teacher and student, presence and absence, the human and the divine.

Finalist for the 2004 Governor General’s Award for Poetry.

John Terpstra

Since the early 1980s, John Terpstra has been a mainstay of the Canadian literary scene, publishing both poetry and non-fiction. He has also been a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Charles Taylor Prize. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where he works as a writer, cabinetmaker and carpenter.

Reviews

“John Terpstra’s meditations have the soundness and snug fit of consummate carpentry. .. with the toughness of maple, the compassion of cedar. ” Don McKay

“John Terpstra’s Disarmament is a marvellous and moving collection of poem cycles assembled from a decade of work. ..his dominant speaking voice is a fully developed and historicized personality, one who has been to places, actual places, has thought about them and likes to share what he thinks. ” Jeffery Donaldson, Books in Canada

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