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Lost Family
A Memoir
By (author): John Barton
John Barton


Signal Editions



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Sep 30, 2020
$17.95 CAD


7.5in x 5 x 0 in | 0.2 lb

Page Count:

80 pages
Vehicule Press
Signal Editions
POETRY / Canadian / General
A bold experiment in autobiography, Lost Family: A Memoir is a book of sonnets that centres around the deaths of John Barton's mother and sister, but tracks much of the poet's early life in Alberta through to a conflicted, restless adulthood. Alongside tales of love, friends and mentors, intolerance, AIDS, and the struggle for equality, Barton's collection--his first in eight years--explores how being gay rewrites and expands one's sense of lineage, both inherited and chosen. A book of penetrating self-awareness and humility, marked by powerful image-making, Lost Family: A Memoir is a profound test of poetry's ability to give coherence to life. It is also a celebration of the sonnet form, that finely made reliquary that permits memory to take shape.

John Barton is the current Poet Laureate of Victoria. His eleven books of poetry and nine chapbooks include For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin: Selected Poems, Polari, and Windsock. His critical works include Seminal: The Anthology of Canada's Gay-Male Poets (2007), The Malahat Review at 50, and The Essential Douglas LePan. He lives in Victoria.

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Praise for John Barton:

"Barton is simply too large and too prodigious and too protean a talent," --Journal of Canadian Poetry

"Barton's work is a brilliant example of grace on display," --Bay Area Reporter

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