The Essential Douglas LePan

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The Porcupine's Quill, Mar 28, 2019 - Poetry - 64 pages
A veteran of the Second World War, Douglas LePan never forgot his experience of the horrors of battle. His bold, powerful verses often recall scenes of valour, tenacity and honour amid the ‘festivals of savagery’ that soldiers face at every turn. LePan focused memorably on combat and on courage; he focused too on luminous moments of comradeship, vulnerability and candour. Whether about love, war or nature, LePan’s work serves to ‘Plunder the mind’s aerial cages / Or the heart’s deep catacombs’, and reveals the human capacity for courage in all its forms.

The Essential Poets Series presents the works of Canada’s most celebrated poets in a package that is beautiful, accessible and affordable. The Essential Douglas LePan is the nineteenth volume in the increasingly popular series.

 

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Contents

Foreword
7
The Wounded Prince and Other Poems 1948
8
The Wounded Prince
11
Coureurs de bois
12
A Country Without a Mythology
13
CanoeTrip
14
Tuscan Villa
16
Persimmons
22
The Nimbus
29
A Man of Honour
30
Elegy in the Romagna
31
The Green
39
Stragglers
42
Victory
43
A Radiance
44
Arthurian Enchantments 46 Reading the Iliad
46

Reconnaissance in Early Light
23
An Incident
25
The Net and the Sword
26
The New Vintage
27
A Head Found at Beneventum 47 A Nightpiece of London in the Blackout
47
Two Views of Army Headquarters 48 Below Monte Cassino
48
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About the author (2019)

Douglas LePan was a Canadian writer, diplomat and professor of literature. Born May 25, 1914, LePan served in Italy with the Canadian Army during the Second World War—an experience he never forgot, and one that informed much of his literary output over the course of his career. He spent over a decade in the Canadian foreign service before taking up an academic life, teaching at Queen’s University and at the University of Toronto. He is one of a handful of writers to have won the Governor General’s Literary Award both for Poetry (in 1953 for The Net and the Sword) and for Fiction (in 1964 for The Deserter). LePan died in Toronto in 1998.

John Barton is the author of eleven books of poetry, including Hymn, For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin, and Polari. He has also published nine chapbooks as well as dozens of poems, essays and book reviews in literary publications across North America. During a three-decade career in literary magazine publishing, he served as co-editor of Arc Poetry Magazine and editor of The Malahat Review. He lives in Victoria, BC.

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