Waking in the Tree House

ISBN: 9781770860988

Price: $18.00

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.