Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Featured Poetry: Spirit Engine by John Donlan

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Brick Books, 2008

John Donlan’s lyric work seeks the connection between lives—not just the life of a coyote and the life of a man, or the peaceful cacophony of a pond in summer and the life of the human listener — but between the life before birth, and the life after. He reveals the wilderness to us moment by moment, while simultaneously driving us back into our own nature — a process readers, lifted by Donlan’s imagery, rhythms, and insights, can only experience as pure pleasure. Here beauty is the engine that enspirits the mind, freeing us from contemporary despair and the illusion we’ve left nature behind.

John Donlan lives in Vancouver half the year, where he works as a reference librarian for the Vancouver Public Library. For the other six months, he lives on a lake north of Kingston, Ontario, surrounded by 177 acres of wilderness. Spirit Engine is his fourth collection of poetry.

From the catalogue. Read more about Spirit Engine at the Brick Books website.