Don McKay

Don McKay is a poet, teacher, and editor. He has published more than a dozen books in a career that spans five decades. He has twice won the Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry, and won the Griffin Poetry Prize for Strike/Slip in 2007. His previous essay collections include the GG-shortlisted Vis à Vis: Field Notes on Poetry & Wilderness, Deactivated West 100, and The Shell of the Tortoise, winner of the 2011 BMO Winterset Award. McKay lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.



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All New Animal Acts: Essays, Stretchers, Poems
Don McKay

2020 / Literary Criticism, Canadian Poetry / $24.95
9781554472154 / Trade paper / 144 pp


Collecting his recent essays with a few new poems and ‘stretchers’, Don McKay builds upon his decades-long exploration of poetry and its relationship to the world. Whether he’s paying tribute to poets Margaret Avison and Joanne Page, cracking wise about the impropriety of the F-word interrupting a consonant cluster, contemplating our relationship to the obscure worlds of fossils and lichens, or laying bare his own staggering grief, McKay’s wily notion of poetry resists the anthropoid urge to name or map with certainty the things we pursue, reinvigorating our capacity for wonder.



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Other Books by this Author

The Shell of the Tortoise: Four Essays & an Assemblage
Don McKay

2011 / Books & Reading / $25.95 CAN
9781554471089 / Trade paper / 160 pp
The Muskwa Assemblage
Don McKay

2009 / Poetry / $49.95 CAN
9781554470655 / Trade paper / 48 pp
Deactivated West 100
Don McKay

2005 / Books & Reading / $59.95 CAN
9781554470099 / Fine / 128 pp
Deactivated West 100
Don McKay

2005 / Books & Reading / $25.95 CAN
9781554470082 / Trade paper / 128 pp
Vis à Vis: Field notes on Poetry & Wilderness
Don McKay

2001 / Books & reading / $49.95 CAN
9781894031516 / Fine / 112 pp
Vis à Vis: Field notes on Poetry & Wilderness
Don McKay

2001 / Books & reading / $14.95 CAN
9781894031509 / Trade paper / 112 pp

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