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author image Patrick Lane, considered by most writers and critics to be one of Canada's finest poets, was born in 1939 in Nelson, BC. He grew up in the in the Kootenay and Okanagan regions of the BC Interior, primarily in Vernon. He came to Vancouver and co-founded a small press, Very Stone House with bill bissett and Seymour Mayne. He then drifted extensively throughout North and South America. He has worked at a variety of jobs from labourer to industrial accountant, but much of his life has been spent as a poet, having produced twenty-four books of poetry to date. He is also the father of five children and grandfather of nine. He has won nearly every literary prize in Canada, from the Governor General's Award to the Canadian Authors Association Award to the Dorothy Livesay Prize. His poetry and fiction have been widely anthologized and have been translated into many languages. Lane now makes his home in Victoria, BC, with his companion, the poet Lorna Crozier.

Books

Book Cover The Bare Plum of Winter Rain
978-1-55017-226-3 · 1-55017-226-3 · 2000 · $16.95
Collection from one of Canada's finest poets.
Book Cover Breathing Fire: Canada's New Poets
978-1-55017-125-9 · 1-55017-125-9 · 1995 · $21.95
The definitive anthology of Canada's new poets.
Book Cover Breathing Fire 2: Canada's New Poets
978-0-88971-195-2 · 0-88971-195-X · October 2004 · $24.00
Canada's best new poets, as selected by Patrick Lane and Lorna Crozier.
Book Cover The Collected Poems of Patrick Lane
978-1-55017-547-9 · 1-55017-547-5 · September 2011 · $44.95
"Patrick Lane has written himself into a central position in the Canadian literary scene. He is considered by admiring readers—including scholars, critics, and fellow writers—to be one of the finest poets of his generation, a reputation that extends far beyond our national borders." —Jack Hodgins
Book Cover Go Leaving Strange
978-1-55017-328-4 · 1-55017-328-6 · April 2004 · $16.95
Shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize for Poetry (2005) "You sit watching the hounds go leaving strange, their nails clicking swift the wooden floor as they slide like narrow smoke away." -from "Go Leaving Strange"
Book Cover Last Water Song
978-1-55017-450-2 · 1-55017-450-9 · September 2007 · $16.95
Latest work by award-winning poet Patrick Lane
Book Cover Selected Poems: 1977-1997
978-1-55017-174-7 · 1-55017-174-7 · 1997 · $16.95
A selection of twenty years of Lane's best poetry.
Book Cover Too Spare, Too Fierce
978-1-55017-119-8 · 1-55017-119-4 · 1995 · $14.95
Winner of the 1996 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.
Washita: New Poems
978-1-55017-676-6 · 1-55017-676-5 · October 2014 · $18.95
"Lane is a poet more of the individual, hard-hitting poem; like physical blows, he wields his pieces like small threats of intense beauty." —Globe and Mail
Book Cover Witness: Selected Poems 1962-2010
978-1-55017-508-0 · 1-55017-508-4 · September 2010 · $16.95
“Lane is a poet . . . of the individual, hard-hitting poem; like physical blows, he wields his pieces like small threats of intense beauty.” —Globe and Mail “One of the few poets who can leave you not just shaken, but shaking.” —Vancouver Sun