These Fields Were Rivers by Brent MaclaineThese Fields Were Rivers by Brent Maclaine

These Fields Were Rivers

byBrent Maclaine

Paperback | January 22, 2004

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Brent MacLaine's poems, like the poet himself, are rooted in the history and landscape of Prince Edward Island. Yet, MacLaine possesses a remarkable ability to graft rural values to contemporary culture, with its urban habits and popular entertainments, its scientific theories and technological mythologies.

MacLaine belongs to the first generation of Islanders not farming the land, and his poems explore his uneasy relationship with the patch of earth where he lives. He follows the island contours in an expansive sweep across the fields and into the woods; he also shares an islander's sense of confinement, bound into a small place by the sea and the red cliffs. The island before human existence, the coming of European settlers, or the stubbled ground tilled by his father are as readily available to his fertile imagination as meteorological patterns, modern art, or The Odyssey.

Using his Maritime home as template for larger universal concerns, MacLaine offers clear-headed insight into the natural world — and into human nature — in an astonishing range of poems shaped by his nimble attention to his quotidian world.

Brent MacLaine teaches modern literature at the University of Prince Edward Island. His poetry collections include Shades of Green, These Fields Were Rivers, and Wind and Root. MacLaine has won the PEI Milton Acorn Award for Poetry and the Atlantic Poetry Prize.
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Title:These Fields Were RiversFormat:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 8.48 × 5.56 × 0.28 inPublished:January 22, 2004Publisher:Goose Lane EditionsLanguage:English

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"Once in a long while, a collection of poems comes along that takes its place immediately on the permanent shelf. Using his home ground of Canada's Maritimes as a template for the larger universal concerns, Brent MacLaine does honour to both areas of attention. Herein is work of clear-headed insight into the natural world — and into human nature — rendered masterfully in poetry of the highest order." — Michael Harris