Landfall

By Joe Denham

Landfall
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In Landfall, Governor General's Award-nominated poet Joe Denham revisits the plaguing environmental issues in the poetic journey he began ten years ago with his second collection, Windstorm. Writing in long elegy form, using a voice harnessed by concern, pathos, anger and empathy, ... Read more


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In Landfall, Governor General's Award-nominated poet Joe Denham revisits the plaguing environmental issues in the poetic journey he began ten years ago with his second collection, Windstorm. Writing in long elegy form, using a voice harnessed by concern, pathos, anger and empathy, Denham's fourth collection is the result of age, time and love, drawing on the poet's relationship to the world we think we know. Denham's latest is a frustrated call to arms, told with the directness and compassion we've come to expect from him.

 

"When we finally make landfall, when we torch the landfill or fall from the pedestal we're perched upon, precarious precipice--when the men and women who want war want war to end: send me a postcard with a picture of your god pinned to a corkboard and the word of your god etched in desert sand in the hand of the first witness to survive. .. which ism should we use as filter?"

 

--"Landfall"

Joe Denham

Joe Denham is the author of four collections of poetry, including Regeneration Machine (Nightwood Editions, 2015), which won the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry and was a finalist for the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry. Denham is also the author of a novel, The Year of Broken Glass. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets (Persea Books, 2005) as well as Spindrift (Douglas & McIntyre, 2017). He lives with his wife and two children in Halfmoon Bay, BC.

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“Denham’s book is outrageously beautiful and should be read more than once. It is the story of a man holding on, trying to salvage the precious, trying to reach something solid before everything falls away. ”

“Denham’s latest is a mindful, carefully crafted book and an argument with the predicament of living. It certainly cements his reputation as a master craftsman. ”

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