Don McKay

Don McKay is a poet, teacher and editor. He has published about a dozen books in a career that spans four decades. He has twice won the Governor General’s Literary Awards for poetry, and his book Strike/Slip won the 2007 Griffin Poetry Prize. His previous essay collections include the GG-shortlisted Vis à Vis: Field Notes on Poetry & Wilderness and Deactivated West 100. McKay lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.



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Vis à Vis: Field notes on Poetry & Wilderness
Don McKay

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


In Vis à Vis, Don McKay charts a vision of poetics that keeps its feet on the ground and its eyes on the horizon. As one of Canada’s leading poets, McKay has long been known for his passionate engagement with his natural surroundings. This book collects three essays on this relationship, together with new and previously published poems that further demonstrate these ideas. Using bushtits, baler twine, Heidegger and Levinas, McKay sets out to explore some of the almost unspeakable concepts driving the use of language particular to poets, and the arguably skewed relationship human beings have with their natural surroundings.

In a book the Globe & Mail calls “stylishly constructed” and “impeccably casual,” one of Canada’s best-loved writers offers his own sense of poetics.

Finalist for the 2002 Governor General’s Award for Nonfiction.

Review:
“Sinuously crafted and stylishly constructed, Vis à Vis contains a vibrant trio of McKay’s impeccably casual essays, as well as a generous selection of both new and previously published poems.” Judith Fitzgerald, Globe and Mail

Has Special Edition: 9781894031516

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

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