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Lake of Two Mountains
Published by Brick Books

Lake of Two Mountains wins Governor General's Award for Poetry!

Finalist for the Governor General's Literary Awards

Lake of Two Mountains is Arleen Paré's newest poetry collection.

A hymn to a beloved lake, a praise poem in forty-five parts, a contemplation of landscape and memory

Poetry reading October 23rd

Lake of Two Mountains, Arleen Paré's second poetry collection, is a portrait of a lake, of a relationship to a lake, of a network of relationships around a lake. It maps, probes and applauds the riparian region of central Canadian geography that lies between the Ottawa and the St. Lawrence Rivers. The poems portray this territory, its contested human presences and natural history: the 1990 Oka Crisis, Pleistocene shifts and dislocations, the feather-shaped Ile Cadieux, a Trappist monastery on the lake's northern shore. As we are drawn into experience of the lake and its environs, we also enter an intricate interleaving of landscape and memory, a reflection on how a place comes to inhabit us even as we inhabit it.

flint-dark far-off
sky on the move across the lake
slant sheets closing in

sky collapsing from its bowl
shoreline waiting taut
stones dark as plums
~from "Distance Closing In"

see Lake of Two Mountains Brick tour poster