Burning My Father by John B. LeeBurning My Father by John B. Lee

Burning My Father

byJohn B. Lee

Mass Market Paperback | April 21, 2014

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With the disappearance of the family farm, rural life has changed dramatically in Canada and the U.S. John B. Lee, who grew up on a southwestern Ontario sheep farm, returns to his roots to write about the hired hand, the lambing season, driving a tractor through the rutted flat fields, and bringing in the fall harvest. His poems are stories about real people who worked the land, saved every penny they earned, and dressed up on Sundays to pray and sing in the United Church in town. These are narratives by John B. Lee, the poet laureate of Brantford and Norfolk County, speak of that time in the 1950s in the midst of a recession, but also of the 1960s when this boy on the farm looked at a way to leave rural life to become a teacher and a writer. Although he made his exit, and turned his back on the farm, he never forgot those roots. This is his journey back to that time.

Born and raised in Southwestern Ontario, near Highgate, John was supposed to be the 5th generation John to take over the family farm. He abandoned this legacy to become a poet. John has published over 50 books and his work has appeared internationally in over 500 publications. He is the poet laureate of Norfolk Country and Brantford, O...
Title:Burning My FatherFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:April 21, 2014Publisher:Black Moss PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887535321

ISBN - 13:9780887535321

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Amazing! The book has a great, simplistic design with french flaps and a focus on the content of the poetry rather than the author. While the book is about John B. Lee and his experience with growing up on his family's farm and becoming a poet, it's really about internal conflict and following your dreams, even if it means leaving behind your family's legacy. The poems involve farm animals, rituals and sometimes graphic images, but they're easy to relate and connect to. Very powerful.
Date published: 2014-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sublime poetry John B. Lee is a poet who knows his stuff... Having written more than 50 books of poetry, this is a welcome addition to his collection! The poems of this collection show the truth behind growing up on a farm in southwestern Ontario. More importantly, the truth of what is means to find your own calling, and telling your parents you have chosen a different life than the one they set out for you. At times heartwarming, tragic, moving and a little scary, Burning my Father is definitely worth checking out.
Date published: 2014-04-06