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 General’s 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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Falling Into Place
John Terpstra

2002 / Nature / $25.95
9781894031608 / Trade paper / 320 pp

Edition is out of print

This book is what happens when one person becomes completely enamoured of the landscape in the city where he lives—especially if this person, like John Terpstra, engages the world with the imagination and curiosity of a poet. Terpstra’s investigations centre around the Iroquois Bar, a giant glacial sandbar which lies beneath one of Hamilton’s busiest transportation corridors. Combining history and geology with gumshoe work and poetic intuition, Terpstra puzzles out just how much the physical and social geography of the area has changed since the sandbar was formed. This close study is nested inside a broader consideration of modern society’s constant and often ill-considered alteration of landscape. Terpstra’s acute focus on his neighbourhood offers insights of global value in a book that is both provocative and entertaining.

Listed as one of the Hamilton Spectator’s “Best books of the year” in 2002 for its appeal to “aficionados of history, geography, geology, poetic language, fine prose and the landscape around us.”

“‘I am attached to a piece of landscape.’ Thus opens an enchanting journey through time and space, a trip along the shoreline of ancient Lake Iroquois, a ridge that runs from Burlington Heights to meet the escarpment at John Street South, with stops on the way to visit with Governor and Mrs. Simcoe, Richard and Henrietta Beasley, Sir Allan MacNab and other founders of the city of Hamilton. An original Canadian typeface, heavy cream paper, exquisite drawings by Wesley Bates and beautiful maps by Glenn Macdonald, with John Terpstra’s passion for his subject make Falling Into Place a masterwork. This is a book for aficionados of history, geography, geology, poetic language, fine prose and the landscape around us.” Susan Evans Shaw, Hamilton Spectator

Has a Newer Edition: 9781554471102

Other Books by this Author

John Terpstra

2017 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US
9781554471676 / Trade paper
The House with the Parapet Wall
John Terpstra

2014 / Memoirs / $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US
9781554471393 / 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
John Terpstra

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

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

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