John Lent: The Face in the Garden

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  • Craig McLuckie (Okanagan College)

The Face in the Garden explores subjectivity by using prose and poetry to refer to external and internal states of consciousness. The volume is a transitional moment in the writer’s career. On the one hand it presents his first published stories; while, on the other, it consolidates his accomplishments as a poet.

The volume is in five parts, the prose “Prologue: Shelter” and “Epilogue: Mutability”, “Section One: Towards the Gardens”, a sequence of five short stories, “Section Two: In the Gardens”, 13 lyric poems, “Section Three: Facing the Gardens”, a poem in 15 parts. The intent is signposted by epigraphs from Andrew Marvell and John Cowper Powys. The former stresses continuity in Lent’s thematic …

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McLuckie, Craig. "The Face in the Garden". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 September 2004
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