Wood Mountain Poems: 30th Anniversary Edition
by Andrew Suknaski« Back
$17.95 (CDN) / $15.95 (US)
Paperback (Poetry) · 8.5" x 5.25" · 132 pages
Release Date: April 2006
"Wood Mountain Poems is one of the most important and influential books in contemporary western Canadian poetry" (The Canadian Encyclopedia). First published in 1976, Suknaski described the collection as "a return to ancestral roots in my birth place, after seventeen years of transience and aberration in numerous Canadian cities - and of trying to find the meaning of home". This book became the poetic "home ground" for the next generation of poets on the prairies and stands today as a timeless classic of Canadian literature. This anniversary edition features a new introduction by Governor General's Award-winning poet Tim Lilburn, and many of the photographs of Wood Mountain as selected for the original by the author. As fresh and relevant as when first published, Wood Mountain Poems is one of the first books of prairie literature that examines the division and shared experience between European settlers and Aboriginal peoples.
Poet and visual artist Andrew Suknaski was born in 1942 on a homestead near Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan. Edited by Al Purdy, Wood Mountain Poems (1976) was his first book, followed by The Ghosts Call You Poor (1978) and In The Name of Narid (1981). Ghosts won the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award. His other books include Montage for an Interstellar Cry (1982) and Silk Trail (1985). Suknaski's work continues to be studied across Canada.