A Generous Latitude: Poems by Lenea GraceA Generous Latitude: Poems by Lenea Grace

A Generous Latitude: Poems

byLenea Grace

Paperback | April 17, 2018

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Lenea Grace's debut collection maps a series of relationships within a greater exploration of Canadiana, barreling through shield and crag, river and slag. A Generous Latitude is not afraid of beer, bears, internal rhyme, David Hasselhoff, sediment, or sentiment. It does, however, eschew sliding down lampposts, CBC sitcoms, McGarrigles, and the sentimental. Taking humor in the human condition, A Generous Latitude toys with juxtapositions of the serious with the silly, the irreverent with more somber realities. Music both teases and generates the poems within the collection. Here, Guy Lafleur's hockey-disco hybrid album is on par with the Righteous Brothers and Fleetwood Mac. Here, "I'm not smoking and it's not analog, / but at 2 a.m., it is always 1979." A Generous Latitude takes a wild, peculiar joy in supplanting the expected with rich imagery that lights the mundane and "strips the Atlantic bare."

Lenea Grace's work has appeared in Best New Poets, The Fiddlehead, Washington Square Review, CV2, Riddle Fence, Grain, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of McGill University, University of Maine at Presque Isle, and The New School. Lenea is a founding editor of The Mackinac poetry magazine. She grew up in Texas and Oklahoma, spending he...
Title:A Generous Latitude: PoemsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:88 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.3 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.3 inPublished:April 17, 2018Publisher:ECW PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1770414215

ISBN - 13:9781770414211


Rated 1 out of 5 by from debut collection Disclosure - i was given an advance reading copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The book contains mature content and language, as well as profanity. There are 54 poems of varying lengths and covers different cities in Canada including Toronto's Yonge Street, Halifax, Montreal, Sudbury, and Vancouver among others. . Personalities appear in the poems including Leonard Cohen, Jimmy Carter, John Lennon, Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac, among others.
Date published: 2018-03-07

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Montreal Poem; or, Our Hearts Are Not Like Wheels; or, Les Habitants If I were to write a Montreal poem, or a poem about Montreal, I would not mention the mountain, or Saint-Viateur, or fire escape couture, the Jew belle-lettrists, the week we each ran into Leonard Cohen, buying plums at the depanneur, or reclining on a bench in Parc du Portugal. Grey suits for everyone. I would not ask you to remember Jeanne-Mance or Maisonneuve, the parties the parties, the Labatt 50 and tequila, late night promenades in empty rooms with August windows. Please, no slow dancing in the street. No sliding down lamp- posts. No more McGarrigles. No, our hearts are not like wheels, are they? I would not say this now, dear. I would not start this poem again.