Peter Sanger

Poet and essayist Peter Sanger is best known for his influential writings on poets John Thompson, Douglas Lochhead, and Richard Outram. His most recent books include retrospective collections of critical essays (Of Things Unknown: Critical Essays, 1978–2015) and poetry (Fireship: Early Poems, 1965–1991). He lives in Truro, NS.



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John Stokes’ Horse
Peter Sanger

2012 / Poetry / $21.95
9781554471133 / Trade paper / 128 pp


One of the great privileges of running a literary publishing house is that of working with particular writers over time, helping them to shape their voice and vision and to foster a readership. One such writer intrinsically associated with Gaspereau Press is the poet and essayist Peter Sanger. Building on the themes of his 2006 collection Aiken Drum, Sanger’s new volume of poems takes its title from the subject of an engraving by Newfoundland printmaker David Blackwood—a simple wooden horse carved by a Cape Freels man in 1907 as a gift for his grandson. In the figure of John Stokes’ horse, Sanger locates an imaginative gesture requiring the suspension of disbelief, for child and adult alike—a winged mount into a world where myth and memory mix. Looking at language, memory and art through the lens of language presents the very sort of riddle on which Sanger’s poetics thrive. As well as the title sequence, the book features a section composed of object poems (“Fishing for Jade”) generally expressing a preoccupation with light—shadows and reflections, signals, moon, water—and a more topical section (“Civics”) which assails the present state of public discourse in a tone and cadence reminiscent of T.S. Eliot’s great modernist poem, The Waste Land. The book also includes a short essay (“Leaping Time”) which combines memories, childhood books and equine lore to provide a sort of mirror to John Stokes’ horse. These poems evoke, in Sanger’s words, “imagination’s creative energy, immanent in time and yet timeless, evidence of love, devotion and patience, evidence that by seeing art through its eyes we see more clearly through our own.”



Other Books by this Author

Lightfield: The Photography of Thaddeus Holownia
Peter Sanger

2018 / Photography, Essays, Canadian Art / $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US
9781554471775 / Trade paper
Of Things Unknown: Critical Essays, 1978–2005
Peter Sanger

2015 / Literary Criticism / $34.95 CAN / $34.95 US
9781554471508 / Trade paper
Oikos
Peter Sanger

2014 / Essay / $9.95 CAN / $9.95 US
9781554471256 / Pamphlet
Fireship: Early Poems, 1965–1991
Peter Sanger

2013 / Poetry / $25.95 CAN / $25.95 US
9781554471218 / Trade paper
Through Darkling Air: The Poetry of Richard Outram
Peter Sanger

2010 / Biography / $65.95 CAN / $65.95 US
9781554470617 / Hardcover
The Stone Canoe: Two Lost Mi’kmaq Texts
Peter Sanger, Elizabeth Paul, Alan Syliboy

2007 / Literary Criticism / $29.95 CAN / $29.95 US
9781554470433 / Trade paper
Aiken Drum
Peter Sanger

2006 / Poetry / $49.95 CAN / $49.95 US
9781554470150 / Fine
Aiken Drum
Peter Sanger

2006 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US
9781554470143 / Trade paper
White Salt Mountain: Words in Time
Peter Sanger

2005 / Books & reading / $59.95 CAN / $59.95 US
9781554470037 / Fine
White Salt Mountain: Words in Time
Peter Sanger

2005 / Books & reading / $27.95 CAN / $27.95 US
9781554470044 / Trade paper
Spar: Words in Place
Peter Sanger

2002 / Books & reading / $49.95 CAN / $49.95 US
9781894031554 / Fine
Spar: Words in Place
Peter Sanger

2002 / Books & reading / $21.95 CAN / $21.95 US
9781894031547 / Trade paper
Divisions of the Heart: Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Memory and Place
Sandra Barry, Peter Sanger, Gwendolyn Davies

2001 / Essays / $32.95 CAN / $32.95 US
9781894031318 / Trade paper
Kerf
Peter Sanger

2001 / Poetry / $4.95 CAN / $4.95 US
9781894031530 / Pamphlet

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