Waking in the Tree House

9781770860988

ISBN 9781770860988 | 6″ x 9″ | TPB | $18

Category: Poetry

 
The poems in Michael Lithgow’s first collection carry us on a stream of sensory impressions towards some heightened awareness. In a voice characterized by curiosity, astonishment, and candour, the poet records what passes through him in settings as various as a derelict rooming house, a hospital room, a junk shop, a Cape Breton farmhouse, the old Jewish Quarter in Cracow, a Montreal bus during morning rush hour. Lithgow’s poems gravitate towards darker terrain – not at the expense of humour and irony, but with an energetic interest in the beauty of what time does to things, and a pleasure in language that searches for meaning a little beyond the bounds of the ordinary.

 

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Nominated for the 2012 QWF First Book Award


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“Treats old age with Lithgow’s own brand of compassion and fascination, and a state he can only project as lived experience.”
ARC Poetry

“Michael Lithgow’s Waking in the Tree House is a startlingly good first book. It’s just damned good poetry, period. And it reads like Lithgow is an old pro. These poems are written in a very conversational and accessible style and they all have the feel of having arrived fully formed.”
– Michael Dennis (read full review)


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About the Author

Lithgow, Michael - was born in Ottawa and settled in Vancouver in the mid-80s, where he was active in community radio and television, theatre, freelance writing, and poetry. His poetry has appeared in numerous Canadian magazines and in Cormorant’s anthology, Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry. (read more)

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Waking in the Tree House - Michael Lithgow
ISBN 9781770860988 | 6" x 9" | TPB | $18

Nominated for the 2012 QWF First Book Award

In a voice characterized by curiosity, astonishment, and candour, the poet records what passes through him in settings as various as a derelict rooming house, a hospital room, a junk shop, a Cape Breton farmhouse, the old Jewish Quarter in Cracow, a Montreal bus during morning rush hour. (read more)

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