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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Disarmament
John Terpstra

2003 / Poetry / $18.95
9781894031738 / Trade paper / 104 pp


John Terpstra’s Disarmament is a new collection of poems from one of Canada’s great literary craftsmen. Ranging over difficult terrain, from Port-au-Prince to the Iroquois Bar, Terpstra is always able—through keen observation and playful, thoughtful use of language—to locate the moral centre. Terpstra’s poems open and close distances—between the present and the past, parent and child, one country and another, the old world and the new, teacher and student, presence and absence, the human and the divine.

Finalist for the 2004 Governor General’s Award for Poetry.

Review:
“John Terpstra’s meditations have the soundness and snug fit of consummate carpentry... with the toughness of maple, the compassion of cedar.” Don McKay

“John Terpstra’s Disarmament is a marvellous and moving collection of poem cycles assembled from a decade of work...his dominant speaking voice is a fully developed and historicized personality, one who has been to places, actual places, has thought about them and likes to share what he thinks.” Jeffery Donaldson, Books in Canada

Other Books by this Author

Mischief
John Terpstra

2017 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN
9781554471676 / Trade paper / 80 pp
The House with the Parapet Wall
John Terpstra

2014 / Memoirs / $24.95 CAN
9781554471393 / Trade paper / 160 pp
Brilliant Falls
John Terpstra

2013 / Poetry / $17.95 CAN
9781554471232 / Trade paper / 64 pp
Falling Into Place
John Terpstra

2011 / Nature / $24.95 CAN
9781554471102 / Trade paper / 240 pp
Skin Boat: Acts of faith and other navigations
John Terpstra

2009 / Memoir / $25.95 CAN
9781554470792 / Trade paper / 160 pp
Two or Three Guitars: Selected Poems
John Terpstra

2006 / Poetry / $49.95 CAN
9781554470273 / Fine / 144 pp
Two or Three Guitars: Selected Poems
John Terpstra

2006 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN
9781554470266 / Trade paper / 144 pp
Brendan Luck
John Terpstra

2005 / Poetry / $4.95 CAN
9781554470136 / Pamphlet / 24 pp
The Boys, or, Waiting for the Electrician’s Daughter
John Terpstra

2005 / Biography / Memoirs / $25.95 CAN
9781554470112 / Trade paper / 144 pp
Falling Into Place
John Terpstra

2002 / Nature / $25.95 CAN
9781894031608 / Trade paper / 320 pp
Restoration
John Terpstra

2000 / Poetry / $2.95 CAN
9781894031325 / Pamphlet / 16 pp

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