Crossing the Salt Flats by Christopher WisemanCrossing the Salt Flats by Christopher Wiseman

Crossing the Salt Flats

byChristopher Wiseman

Paperback | November 15, 1999

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Crossing the Salt Flats is Christopher Wiseman's eighth book of poetry. Earlier volumes such as Postcards Home and Remembering Mr. Fox won him awards and spreading recognition. The poems in Crossing the Salt Flats expand on his visual themes -- memories of childhood laced with vivid detail, journeys, the historical past recreated and imagined.

Christopher Wiseman's poetry moves widely across time and place, searching out delight, horror, sadness, joy, love and loss. In these wonderfully crafted poems we meet a fine array of characters ranging from a disgruntled 18th-century Duchess, the inhabitants of a strange Scottish village, a victim of the Dunblane massacre, a sad saxophone player, even the author as a young child.

This new collection clearly demonstrates Christopher Wiseman's range and command of form and tone, and reinforces his reputation for accessibility, deep feeling, honesty and compassion. He knows exactly what he is about, and Crossing the Salt Flats is mature and powerful work which puts him squarely among Canada's finest poets.

Born and educated in Britain, Christopher Wiseman came to Canada in 1969. He taught at the University of Calgary, where he founded the Creative Writing programme, until his retirement in 1997. His poetry, short fiction and critical writings have been published and broadcast extensively in Canada, Britain and the United States. His poet...
Title:Crossing the Salt FlatsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 8.7 × 5.59 × 0.34 inPublished:November 15, 1999Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889842108

ISBN - 13:9780889842106

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From Our Editors

This is a collection of poems about delight, horror, sadness, joy, love, and loss. Readers meet such fascinating characters such as the victim of the Dunblane massacre, a sad saxophone player and an author with a small child. From the award-winning poet Christopher Wiseman comes Crossing the Salt Flats.

Editorial Reviews

`Christopher Wiseman invariably writes poems about basic human experiences, and in this collection, one of his finest, he is especially concerned with his family and ancestors. He emigrated from England as a young man, and his wife has relatives in the United States, so many of these poems involve travel -- but travel to one's human origins. Because the emphasis is on emotions we all share, however, the poems are never obviously or embarrassingly private; on the contrary, they are readily accessible and make an immediate impact -- though their subtleties may not reveal themselves until they have been reread and fully absorbed.'`Christopher Wiseman in a splendidly unhurried poem which pays three years-separated visits to a famous north of England velodrome (the poem unfolds like a Van Eyck triptych, each scene as time-drenched and luminous as the others), writes of ``heavy memory come alive.'' Crossing the Salt Flats allows us into the rooms and years and richly-laden memories of this distinguished Canadian poet, and if it's not yet the crown of a long and continuing career, it's a jewel.'