Cantilevered Songs

Author: John Lent
ISBN: 9781897235669 Category: Poetry
Publication Date: 23 September, 2009
Dimensions: 6.84 x 8.25"

John Lent celebrates the urban and natural landscapes of southern British Columbia in a series of jazz?inspired meditations sung in a laid?back, conversational style.

In order to get the music he wants, Lent plays with the visual architecture of his poems, making them mirror what the poems see: those crazy mysteries and back beat moments when you catch a big and strange idea sideways and then it disappears, leaving you feeling triumphant for no reason.

In Cantilevered Songs, Lent stresses the typically unstressed ? the throwaway moments during walks and hikes ? and holds these recollections up to a light that is prismed by experience. Gazing from these various angles, Lent takes his own advice: ?Play that song. Play it again. Now, improvise?, and the poems become song.

About the Author

John Lent is a writer and teacher of writing and a singer/songwriter who has been publishing and performing since the mid-seventies. Lent has published six volumes of poetry, three volumes of fiction, and one book of conversations about the writing life with Robert Kroetsch. Lent’s last three books were The Path To Ardroe (2012), Cantilevered Songs (2009) and So It Won’t Go Away (2005). John Lent’s books have been long-listed for the Re-Lit Award, and short-listed for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. For a more detailed sense of Lent’s career go to his website:

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