Letters I Didn't Write by John MackenzieLetters I Didn't Write by John Mackenzie

Letters I Didn't Write

byJohn Mackenzie

Paperback | October 17, 2008

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Letters I Didn't Write is a contemplative collection of poems imbued with a sense of longing for opportunities lost and lives unfulfilled. Acclaimed poet John Mackenzie explores a sweeping range of subjects, from the tragedies of war to the musings of a discouraged physics major to the violent end of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca. At the centre of MacKenzie's collection is a series of poems inspired by country singer Hank Williams, "an angel from Montgomery/who has written himself like a virus into music."

Ultimately, MacKenzie's finest skill is his ability to transport readers to a greater context of human relationships, community, and our search for home and a sense of belonging. His questioning brings us all closer to "the fragments found scrawled/in the margins of silence, disaster, epiphany."
John MacKenzie was born on Prince Edward Island in 1968. His first book, Sledgehammer and Other Poems, was shortlisted for theAtlantic Poetry Prize and the Gerald Lampert Award for Best First Book of Poetry in Canada, and received rave reviews. He is also the author of Shaken by Physics, a collection of poems that fuses science and myt...
Title:Letters I Didn't WriteFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 7.5 × 5.25 × 0.25 inPublished:October 17, 2008Publisher:Nightwood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889712379

ISBN - 13:9780889712379

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The economy of simple words is used to great effect, capturing the emotional weight of the moment, a moment we are encouraged to hold and treasure because the sad beauty it possesses is ephemeral.
--Paul W. Harland, Journal of Canadian Poetry