Andrew Suknaski Patrick Lane - Essay

Patrick Lane

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

I had read a number of books that dealt with family history but Suknaski's [Wood Mountain Poems] had an added dimension that both startled and intrigued me.

What attracted me most was the radical departure he had taken from his earlier imitative work. These poems contain a clear open honesty, a willingness to risk, and a kind of humility…. They are absolutely rooted in the Prairie and in the immigrant culture that has flourished there for the past seventy-five years: terrifying testaments to the pain that Suknaski had experienced in growing up. These poems are the songs of Wood Mountain, the small village in Southern Saskatchewan where he was raised, the son of immigrant Ukrainians who had...

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