Vis à Vis

By Don McKay

Vis à Vis
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In Vis à Vis, Don McKay charts a vision of poetics that keeps its feet on the ground and its eyes on the horizon. As one of Canada’s leading poets, McKay has long been known for his passionate engagement with his natural surroundings. This book collects three essays on this ... Read more


Overview

In Vis à Vis, Don McKay charts a vision of poetics that keeps its feet on the ground and its eyes on the horizon. As one of Canada’s leading poets, McKay has long been known for his passionate engagement with his natural surroundings. This book collects three essays on this relationship, together with new and previously published poems that further demonstrate these ideas. Using bushtits, baler twine, Heidegger and Levinas, McKay sets out to explore some of the almost unspeakable concepts driving the use of language particular to poets, and the arguably skewed relationship human beings have with their natural surroundings.

In a book the Globe & Mail calls “stylishly constructed” and “impeccably casual,” one of Canada’s best-loved writers offers his own sense of poetics.

Finalist for the 2002 Governor General’s Award for Nonfiction.

Don McKay

Don McKay has published numerous books of poetry and several books of essays. The poetry has been recognized with a number of awards, including two Governor General’s Awards and the Griffin Poetry Prize. His most recent book of essays, The Shell of the Tortoise, received the Winterset Prize for Excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador Writing for 2011. Paradoxides, his most recent book of poems, winner of the E.J. Pratt Prize for Poetry, includes meditations on geology and deep time, while pursuing ongoing obsessions with birds and tools. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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“Sinuously crafted and stylishly constructed, Vis à Vis contains a vibrant trio of McKay’s impeccably casual essays, as well as a generous selection of both new and previously published poems. ” Judith Fitzgerald, Globe and Mail

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