On Not Losing My Father's Ashes in the Flood

On Not Losing My Father s Ashes in the Flood Nominee Governor General s Literary Award for Poetry In his final years Richard Harrison s father suffered from a form of dementia but he died without ever forgetting the poems he had memorized

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  • Title: On Not Losing My Father's Ashes in the Flood
  • Author: Richard Harrison
  • ISBN: 9781928088226
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nominee 2017 Governor General s Literary Award for Poetry In his final years, Richard Harrison s father suffered from a form of dementia, but he died without ever forgetting the poems he had memorized as a student and had taught to Richard as a child In 2013, the poet feared his father s ashes had been lost in the flood water that ravaged Alberta a crisis that would becoNominee 2017 Governor General s Literary Award for Poetry In his final years, Richard Harrison s father suffered from a form of dementia, but he died without ever forgetting the poems he had memorized as a student and had taught to Richard as a child In 2013, the poet feared his father s ashes had been lost in the flood water that ravaged Alberta a crisis that would become the inciting event and central theme of this collection Combining elements of memoir, elegy, lyrical essay and personal correspondence with appreciations of literary works ranging from haiku to comic books, Richard Harrison has written a book of great intellectual depth that is as generous as it is enchanting.

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    1. Bought this book at my favourite Calgary bookstore, Shelf Life Books. I visit every time I am in town, and have made something of a tradition of picking up works of local poetry. Harrison's collection is a moving reflection on a son's relationship with his father, particularly that between an adult son and a father dealing with the trials and frustrations of aging and the loss of grace. Like so much Calgary poetry of the last 5 years, the floods play a central role in the narrative (see Monica K [...]

    2. I received this book through the Giveaways.I am so pleased to have received this book. As a resident of southern Alberta who witnessed the effects of the 2013 flooding, Mr. Harrison has written a beautiful, haunting book of poetry that evokes many feelings.

    3. It was the title that drew me to this collection - that and the GG award.The poetry equally matched the title in the sense that it was a heartbreaking and (ironic? maybe?) elegy. Big poetry fan. Not always great at deconstructing. 4 stars as oppose to 5, solely because I feel as though Harrison was digging where he didn't need to - searching for meaning where there wasn't. Yes, that is expected when conquering grief orwriting poetry, but this came up a few time well reading so I believe it's wor [...]

    4. I really enjoyed reading this one. I took Jen Campbell's advice and read this collection of poems out loud, slowly, and I think that really enhanced my reading of it. Some of these poems were so powerful and sad and I really liked the theme of this being loss, grief, and love. As the title suggests, we keep coming back to the theme of Harrison's father and I think most of the poems surrounding his dad's death were the most powerful. I can definitely see why this won the Governor General's Award [...]

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