Lost Family

By (author): John Barton

A bold experiment in autobiography, Lost Family: A Memoir is a book of sonnets that centres around the deaths of John Barton’s mother and sister, but tracks much of the poet’s early life in Alberta through to a conflicted, restless adulthood. Alongside tales of love, friends and mentors, intolerance, AIDS, and the struggle for equality, Barton’s collection–his first in eight years–explores how being gay rewrites and expands one’s sense of lineage, both inherited and chosen. A book of penetrating self-awareness and humility, marked by powerful image-making, Lost Family: A Memoir is a profound test of poetry’s ability to give coherence to life. It is also a celebration of the sonnet form, that finely made reliquary that permits memory to take shape.

AUTHOR

John Barton

John Barton is a poet, essayist, editor and writing mentor. His books include Polari, For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin: Selected Poems; Seminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay-Male Poets; We Are Not Avatars: Essays, Memoirs, Manifestos; and The Essential Douglas LePan, which won a 2020 eLit Award. Formerly the co-editor of Arc Poetry Magazine and editor of The Malahat Review, he now lives in Victoria, where he is the fifth poet laureate.

Reviews

Praise for John Barton:

“Barton is simply too large and too prodigious and too protean a talent.” —Journal of Canadian Poetry

“Barton’s work is a brilliant example of grace on display.” —Bay Area Reporter


Awards

There are no awards found for this book.
Excerpts & Samples ×

A bold experiment in autobiography, Lost Family: A Memoir is a book of sonnets that centres around the deaths of John Barton’s mother and sister, but tracks much of the poet’s early life in Alberta through to a conflicted, restless adulthood. Alongside tales of love, friends and mentors, intolerance, AIDS, and the struggle for equality, Barton’s collection–his first in eight years–explores how being gay rewrites and expands one’s sense of lineage, both inherited and chosen. A book of penetrating self-awareness and humility, marked by powerful image-making, Lost Family: A Memoir is a profound test of poetry’s ability to give coherence to life. It is also a celebration of the sonnet form, that finely made reliquary that permits memory to take shape.

Reader Reviews

Details

Dimensions:

80 Pages
7.5in * 5in * 1in
1lb

Published:

September 30, 2020

Country of Publication:

CA

Publisher:

Vehicule Press

ISBN:

9781550655551

Book Subjects:

POETRY / Canadian

Featured In:

Pride Reads

Language:

eng

No author posts found.

Related Blog Posts

There are no posts with this book.

Other books by John Barton