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Lookout
Title : Lookout
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ISBN : 9780771082672
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 120

The first collection of new poems in more than a decade from one of Canada’s most respected poets The poems in John Steffler’s new collection are enlivened by the same muscular acts of attention that characterize his earlier books. As always, his poems inhabit experience fully, senses on high alert, transmitting the abundance and turbulence of physical existence; they areThe first collection of new poems in more than a decade from one of Canada’s most respected poets The poems in John Steffler’s new collection are enlivened by the same muscular acts of attention that characterize his earlier books. As always, his poems inhabit experience fully, senses on high alert, transmitting the abundance and turbulence of physical existence; they are charged with the raw Eros of being. Nowhere is there a more complete nature poet: attuned, robust, honest, fully informal, and emotionally candid, brimming with energy and animal spirits. Many of the poems in Lookout explore and evoke specific landscapes: the limestone barrens of Newfoundland; the Blomidon and Lewis Hills; the Greek Islands. Others dwell on personal relationships: lover, pregnant daughter, and a touching, finely tuned sequence on a family coping with a mother’s Alzheimer’s. There is also a wonderful set of meditations on photographs from the archives in Newfoundland. Canadian literature is blessed – and animated – by John Steffler’s contributions to it.


Lookout Reviews

  • Kell

    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 [...]

  • Vicki

    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 [...]

  • Ariel Gordon

    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 [...]

  • Lorne Daniel

    Enjoying this - just read the section "Once" about Steffler's observations of his aging parents.