Left Fields

By Jeanette Lynes

Left Fields
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Left Fields, Jeanette Lynes' second collection of poetry with Wolsak and Wynn, consolidates her reputation for writing clear-eyed, accesible and deadly funny poetry. Her first book, A Woman Along on the Aitkokan Highway, immediately struck a chord in the minds of readers and ... Read more


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Left Fields, Jeanette Lynes' second collection of poetry with Wolsak and Wynn, consolidates her reputation for writing clear-eyed, accesible and deadly funny poetry. Her first book, A Woman Along on the Aitkokan Highway, immediately struck a chord in the minds of readers and writers of poetry alike: "With nimble imagination and a humour that is tough and vulnerable as the heart of country and western, Jeanette Lynes' poems speak in their own sharply tanged and quite unignorable voice. " ? Don McKay. In her first book she introduced us to a difficult childhood in southern Ontario; in Left Fields she revisits the solid, angry/loving bond with her mother, the attitudes she adopts as weapons against the world, and the left fields of her childhood, a landscape she never really left, but carries with her as a snail carries her house on her back. Poems such as "The Icicle Hunter" highlight her tough-tender style, with its contagious humour.

Jeanette Lynes

Jeanette Lynes is the author of six collections of poetry. Her most recent book of poems, Archive of the Undressed (2012), was shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her previous poetry received the Bliss Carman Award and The New Quarterly's Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Award. Lynes' seventh book of poems, Bedlam Cowslip: The John Clare Poems is forthcoming from Wolsak and Wynn in 2015 under its Buckrider Books Imprint. Her first novel, The Factory Voice (2009) was long-listed for The Scotia Bank Giller Prize and a ReLit Award. She is the inaugural Coordinator of the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan.

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