Field Marks: The Poetry Of Don Mckay by Don MckayField Marks: The Poetry Of Don Mckay by Don Mckay

Field Marks: The Poetry Of Don Mckay

byDon MckayEditorMéira Cook

Paperback | April 17, 2006

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This volume features thirty-five of Don McKay’s best poems, which are selected with a contextualizing introduction by Méira Cook that probes wilderness and representation in McKay, and the canny, quirky, thoughtful, and sometimes comic self-consciousness the poems adumbrate. Included is McKay’s afterword written especially for this volume in which McKay reflects on his own writing process—its relationship to the earth and to metamorphosis.

Don McKay has published eight books of poetry. He won the Governor General’s Award in 1991 (for Night Field) and in 2000 (for Another Gravity), a National Magazine Award (1991), and the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry in 1984 (for Birding, Or Desire). Don McKay was shortlisted for the 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize for Camber and was the Canadian winner of the 2007 Griffin Poetry Prize for Strike/Slip. Born in Owen Sound, Ontario, McKay has been active as an editor, creative writing teacher, and university instructor, as well as a poet. He has taught at the University of Western Ontario, the University of New Brunswick, The Banff Centre, The Sage Hill Writing Experience, and the BC Festival of the Arts. He has served as editor and publisher of Brick Books since 1975 and from 1991 to 1996 as editor of The Fiddlehead. He resides in British Columbia.

Don McKay has published eight books of poetry. Among his many awards are the Governor General’s Award in 1991 (for Night Fields) and in 2000 (for Another Gravity). He was shortlisted for the 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize for Camber and was the Canadian winner in 2007 for Strike/Slip. Born in Owen Sound, Ontario, Don McKay has been active ...
Title:Field Marks: The Poetry Of Don MckayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 9.04 × 6.04 × 0.25 inPublished:April 17, 2006Publisher:Wilfrid Laurier University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889204942

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Field Marks: by Don McKayjust like you and me butcageless, likes fresh air andwants to be his longing.wears extra eyes around his neck, his mindpokes out his ears the way an Irish Setter's nosepokes out a station-wagon window.His heart is suet. He would be a bird book full oflavish illustrations with a text of metaphor.He would know but stillbe slippery in time. He would eat crow. He becomeshyperbole, an egghead who spends days attempting to compare theshape and texture of her thigh to a snowy egret's neck, elegantand all too seldom seen in Southern Ontario.He utters absolutes he instantly forgets. Becausethe swallow is intention in a fluid state it isimpossible for it to “miss. “ On the otherhand a swallow's evening has been usefully comparedto a book comprised entirely of errata slips.He wings it.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents for
Field Marks: The Poetry of Don McKay selected with an introduction by Méira Cook


Neil Besner

Biographical Note

Introduction: Song for the Song of the Dogged Birdwatcher

Méira Cook

Down River, Into the Camp

At the Long Sault Parkway

The Great Blue Heron

The Eye Meets Tom Thomson’s “A Rapid”

The Trout


Lependu nearly materialized by his blackbirds

Field Marks:


The Boy’s Own Guide to Dream Birds

I Scream You Scream

Adagio for a Fallen Sparrow

Field Marks (2):


VIA, Eastbound


Some Functions of a Leaf

How to Imagine an Albatross

from Black Spruce

Another Theory of Dusk

Meditation on a Geode

Choosing the Bow

Meditation on Shovels


Early Instruments




(i) The Man from Nod

(ii) Fates Worse Than Death

Setting the Table

(i) Knife

(ii) Fork

(iii) Spoon

Sometimes a Voice (1)


Luna Moth Meditation

Hush Factor

Sometimes a Voice (2)


Afterword: The Shell of the Tortoise

Don McKay


Editorial Reviews

``The books are fairly slim (ranging from fifty-six to eighty pages), but each provides a decent outline of the respective poet's career, style, and dominant concerns. The introductory essays are straightforward and informative--they provide a useful interpretive framework for anyone coming to this poetry for the first time. These volumes seem designed for students and educators; each offers a more complete picture of the poet than one would get from an anthology.'' - University of Toronto Quarterly, Letters in Canada 2006, Volume 77, Number 1, Winter 2008 - 200807