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category: Poetry
published: Apr 2014
ISBN:9781926829876
publisher: Brick Books

Lake of Two Mountains

by Arleen Paré

tagged: canadian, women authors
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A hymn to a beloved lake, a praise poem in forty-five parts, a contemplation of landscape and memory

Lake of Two Mountains, Arleen Paré's second poetry collection, is a portrait of a lake, of a relationship to a lake, of a network of relationships around a lake. It maps, probes and applauds the riparian region of central Canadian geography that lies between the Ottawa and the St. Lawrence Rivers. The poems portray this territory, its contested human presences and natural history: the 1990 Oka Crisis, Pleistocene shifts and dislocations, the feather-shaped Ile Cadieux, a Trappist monastery on the lake's northern shore. As we are drawn into experience of the lake and its environs, we also enter an intricate interleaving of landscape and memory, a reflection on how a place comes to inhabit us even as we inhabit it.

flint-dark far-off
sky on the move across the lake
slant sheets closing in
sky collapsing from its bowl
shoreline waiting taut
stones dark as plums
~from "Distance Closing In"

 

About the Author

Arleen Paré

Contributor Notes

Arleen Paré is a poet and novelist, author of two previous books. Originally from Montreal, she lived for many years in Vancouver, where she worked as a social worker and administrator to provide community housing for people with mental illnesses. She now lives in Victoria with her partner, Chris Fox.

 

Editorial Review

"When has a body of water said so much, been looked at so many ways, spoken in so many voices? Arleen Paré's “lake? is an astonishing creation ... as multifaceted as light on water." — Patricia Young

 

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