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An interesting book by a recognized Canadian poet that focuses on nature, remembrance, history. I enjoy John Steffler's writing, but found it more fulfilling to read a couple of poems at a time over a longer period. He describes many scenes, plants, the commingling of humans and the natural world, and such is the detail hat I wanted to pay attention to it all but it quickly became a slog (as with paintings or many things that focus on nature, less says more). I find one of Steffler's strongest s [...]
John Steffler's latest collection, Lookout, is largely focused on and based in natural settings, paying tribute to nature, wrestling with both the enormity and the fragility of nature - nature unto itself and nature as it affects and is affected by human presence and interference. This is not your grandmother's nature poetry, though - it dispenses with sanctimony and is not afraid of irreverence or even violence. Many poems in this collection sweep the reader through breathtaking transitions fro [...]
After nearly three decades in Newfoundland, Ontario-born John Steffler has acquired the status of familiar come-from-away.This confers some advantages on a writer with a naturalist's eye and a poet's predilection for re-examining official histories, all of which is amply demonstrated in Lookout (McClelland & Stewart, 112 pages, $19):"Forest drawn into / this chewing mouth, comes out in paper, smoke, sludge, / paycheques, houses, lovers, mittens, photos, classrooms, / crackups, breakups, poem [...]
Enjoying this - just read the section "Once" about Steffler's observations of his aging parents.