John Terpstra

Since 1982, John Terpstra has published ten book-length collections of poetry and many chapbooks. He has also published four prose projects, most recently The House with the Parapet Wall, winner of a Hamilton Literary Award. Terpstra has also been a finalist for the Governor Generals Literary Award and the Charles Taylor Prize. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where he works as a writer, cabinetmaker and carpenter.


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The House with the Parapet Wall
John Terpstra

2014 / Memoirs / $24.95
9781554471393 / Trade paper / 160 pp


Grieving the diminishment and death of his elderly mother, John Terpstra finds solace in a seemingly unusual place: the stories (both historical and fanciful) of the nineteenth-century houses in his Hamilton neighbourhood and of the families which have inhabited them. With a well-honed knack for the circuitous route, Terpstra tackles weighty questions like Why must we die? by following his imaginative curiosity into the bricks-and-mortar matters of our daily lives, understanding that the dwellings we construct do more than just shed the weather, but are also physical manifestations of our notions of family and home.



Other Books by this Author

Mischief
John Terpstra

2017 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US
9781554471676 / Trade paper
Brilliant Falls
John Terpstra

2013 / Poetry / $17.95 CAN / $17.95 US
9781554471232 / Trade paper
Falling Into Place
John Terpstra

2011 / Nature / $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US
9781554471102 / Trade paper
Skin Boat: Acts of faith and other navigations
John Terpstra

2009 / Memoir / $25.95 CAN / $25.95 US
9781554470792 / Trade paper
Two or Three Guitars: Selected Poems
John Terpstra

2006 / Poetry / $49.95 CAN / $49.95 US
9781554470273 / Fine
Two or Three Guitars: Selected Poems
John Terpstra

2006 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US
9781554470266 / Trade paper
Brendan Luck
John Terpstra

2005 / Poetry / $4.95 CAN / $4.95 US
9781554470136 / Pamphlet
The Boys, or, Waiting for the Electrician's Daughter
John Terpstra

2005 / Biography / Memoirs / $25.95 CAN / $25.95 US
9781554470112 / Trade paper
Disarmament
John Terpstra

2003 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US
9781894031738 / Trade paper
Falling Into Place
John Terpstra

2002 / Nature / $25.95 CAN / $25.95 US
9781894031608 / Trade paper
Restoration
John Terpstra

2000 / Poetry / $2.95 CAN / $2.95 US
9781894031325 / Pamphlet

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