The prairie long-poem has, for many decades, survived at the nexus of poetic tradition of the Canadian prairies. Including works from some of the region’s finest long poets, such as Jon Whyte, Aritha van Herk, and David Arnason, these epic poems take readers on an historic tour of the prairies, through drought and the Depression, from doorsteps to deathbeds.
This anthology is the first to bring together the region's most remarkable examples of this genre; in the process, it revives many long poems which were out of print. As narrative, as documentary, as imaginative landscaping, these poems collectively impart a long-range vision of prairie space, from the earliest pioneers of this form to contemporary poets delineating the postmodernist scene in the west.
"A/long Prairie lines is an excellent anthology of eleven western poets who have extended their verse into the long poem form, and who, one way or another, write themselves into the space of the prairie—its present or past, its physical, mental or emotional scape."
- Steven Smith, Prairie Fire Review of Books
"These long poems go the Prairie distance, from the earliest pioneers of the genre to contemporary writers delineating the post-modernist scene in the West."
- Winnipeg Real Estate News
"This book will appeal to people who like to get their teeth into poetry."
- Sheila Martindale, Canadian Book Review Annual
Daniel Lenoski teaches Canadian and Irish Literature at St. Paul's College at the University of Manitoba. He has published poetry and criticism in Grain, CV2, Prairie Fire, NeWest Review, The Journal of Canadian Fiction, and Essays in Canadian Writing.