Lake of Two Mountains

By Arleen Pare

Lake of Two Mountains
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A hymn to a beloved lake, a praise poem in forty-five parts, a contemplation of landscape and memory

Lake of Two Mountains, Arleen Paré's second poetry collection, is a portrait of a lake, of a relationship to a lake, of a network of relationships around a lake. It maps, probes ... Read more


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A hymn to a beloved lake, a praise poem in forty-five parts, a contemplation of landscape and memory

Lake of Two Mountains, Arleen Paré's second poetry collection, is a portrait of a lake, of a relationship to a lake, of a network of relationships around a lake. It maps, probes and applauds the riparian region of central Canadian geography that lies between the Ottawa and the St. Lawrence Rivers. The poems portray this territory, its contested human presences and natural history: the 1990 Oka Crisis, Pleistocene shifts and dislocations, the feather-shaped Ile Cadieux, a Trappist monastery on the lake's northern shore. As we are drawn into experience of the lake and its environs, we also enter an intricate interleaving of landscape and memory, a reflection on how a place comes to inhabit us even as we inhabit it.

flint-dark far-off
sky on the move across the lake
slant sheets closing in

sky collapsing from its bowl
shoreline waiting taut
stones dark as plums
~from "Distance Closing In"

Arleen Pare

Arleen Paré's first book, Paper Trail, was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Award for Poetry and won the Victoria Butler Book Prize in 2008. Leaving Now, a novel, was released in 2012. Lake of Two Mountains, her third book, won the 2014 Governor General's Award for Poetry, was nominated for the Victoria Butler Book Prize, and won the CBC Bookie Award. Paré's latest poetry collection, He Leaves His Face in the Funeral Car, was published in 2015. She lives in Victoria, with her partner of 36 years.

Reviews

"When has a body of water said so much, been looked at so many ways, spoken in so many voices? Arleen Paré's 'lake' is an astonishing creation ... as multifaceted as light on water." -- Patricia Young

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