The Crisp Day Closing on My Hand: The Poetry of M. Travis Lane

The Crisp Day Closing on My Hand: The Poetry of M. Travis Lane

by M. Travis Lane, Jeanette Lynes

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The Crisp Day Closing on My Hand: The Poetry of M. Travis Lane is a collection of thirty-five of her best poems, selected with an introduction by Jeanette Lynes. An environmentalist, feminist, and peace activist, M. Travis Lane is known for witty and meticulously crafted poems that explore the elusive nature of “home” in both historical and present contexts and reflect on the identity of the woman poet and what it means to be a writer. Lane’s poems exhibit impressive range and variety—long poems, short lyrics, serial poems, poems inspired by visual art—and are richly attentive to the landscapes, both urban and wild, of her New Brunswick home. They voice a sense of urgency with respect to ecological crises and war; her poetic attention fixes unwaveringly on the smallest pebble on the coast of Fundy but is equally attuned to global patterns of destructive domination.

In her introduction “As Opportunity for Grace, This Life May Serve”, editor Jeanette Lynes discusses how Lane’s poetry integrates an ecopoetic vision with explorations of the artist’s task of mapping her world. Lane’s afterword reinforces her sense of the poet’s project as a form of mystical play, a search for patterns in the “unified disunities” of all things.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554587377
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date: 02/16/2010
Series: Laurier Poetry
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 102
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

M. Travis Lane is Honorary President of the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick and a Life Member of the League of Canadian Poets. She has published eleven books of poetry (including the forthcoming The Safety Net) and received numerous awards, including the Bliss Carman Poetry Prize, the Atlantic Poetry Prize, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in English Language Literary Arts.

Jeanette Lynes is an associate professor of English at St. Francis Xavier University and co-editor of The Antigonish Review. She is the author of three collections of poetry; her fourth poetry book and a novel are forthcoming in 2008.

Read an Excerpt

You Want Your Truths Told of You by E. Travis Lane

You want your truths told of you—

those wavery lines!

Each pencil mark's a fiddlehead

unfolding to an island of wild fern,

of alders, grass, of willow trees,

of sharp dams in the silty sand

where a barefoot girl stands

to watch a cattle barge

rock, like a cradle in the wind.

She can not tell them where she stands,

her nude toes turning blue as clams

in the murky water where it chafes

the green facts into islands—

shoals, reefs, whirlpools, naked trees

scoured by the ice.

Her plain nouns bell their inner folds

like a coiled spring uncoiling

or like eggs

that tremble in her hand and beat

their shells with razor bills and spread

out wings.

Their shadows cast on the millstream float

on spinning water for all time,

never entirely truthful.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents for
The Crisp Day Closing on My Hand: The Poetry of M. Travis Lane, selected with an introduction by Jeanette Lynes

Foreword | Neil Besner

Biographical Note

Introduction | Jeanette Lynes

The Talisman



The Song of Lot’s Wife

A Stone from Fundy

Well, Viewed by the God


Red Earth [excerpt from “Divinations,” Book Two]

Walking Under the Nebulae

The Weight of the Real

The House as Sculpture as Chapel as Priest

Six Poems on a Sculpture by Ülker Özerdem

For the Cenotaph, November 11, 1983



King’s Landing

The Gift from the Bad Fairy


The Horn That Is So Difficult to Play

You Want Your Truths Told of You


Local Suite

About the Size of It

Half Past


There Are Real Ants in the Metro

Strive for a Deep Stillness

Dusk Sequence



Keeping Afloat

The Soloist



For You

Afterword: Those Mysteries of Which We Cannot Plainly Speak | M. Travis Lane


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