Waking in the Tree House
Format: Trade Paperback
Size: 6.00" x 9.00"
Publication Date: Mar 18, 2012
POE011000 POETRY / Canadian
POE023040 POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Places
Nominated, 2012 QWF First Book Award
“Treats old age with Lithgow’s own brand of compassion and fascination, and a state he can only project as lived experience.”
— ARC Poetry
“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
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.