John Lent: Wood Lake Music. (1033 words)
- Craig McLuckie (Okanagan College)
Wood Lake Music (1983) is John Lent’s second volume of poetry. The poem has a twenty part structure and begins with a newspaper article on the racism displayed by Okanagan Valley inhabitants towards migratory Quebecois fruitpickers. Following this newspaper article, five prose passages set the scene: we are with a persona on his daily commute - a recurring event, marked for the persona by its “Different” nature - a novel happening and its relation to the “other things” going on beneath the public relations gloss on the racism. A long, complex and dynamic narrative poem, it intertwines landscape with mindscape, prefiguring the central themes and structuring devices of Lent’s subsequent work.
The narrative employs a …
McLuckie, Craig. "Wood Lake Music. ". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 July 2004
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