Go Leaving Strange
by Patrick Lane
Shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize for Poetry (2005)
"You sit watching the hounds go leaving strange,
their nails clicking swift the wooden floor
as they slide like narrow smoke away."
-from "Go Leaving Strange"
Book DescriptionGo Leaving Strange - the latest collection from award-winning poet Patrick Lane - is filled with poems that explore the darker side of human consciousness and desire. A man kills his own six-year-old child in "Weeds." An addict strives to keep ahead of death in "Smack." But amid this bleak landscape of pity and regret, there is also redemption and hope, life and beauty - in the wisteria seed that "shines between the folded legs of the pod, demure, waiting for spring . . . ," in the polished silver bowl of a spoon, or in the "blue flare" of an "old blacksmith tempering iron in dust and fire." And the poet's presence is everywhere as he seeks to find meaning in this existence.