John Lent: Black Horses, Cobalt Suns: new poems

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  • Craig McLuckie (Okanagan College)

Black Horses, Cobalt Suns: new poems (2000) is John Lent's sixth published book, his fourth of poetry. Based on revisions to a “sonnet cycle” completed in 1995, this chapbook contains the original twelve poems reworked as ten free verse lyrics, with a reflective “prologue” by the author. The new edition incorporates a governing epigraph from Robert Kroetsch's The Crow Journals (1980):

Escapes and separations and abandonment.
People without names.
What is this?

The question governs Lent's investigation of self in place.

Although originally labelled a “sonnet cycle”, the poems were and are free verse lyrics; they conform to no structural …

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McLuckie, Craig. "Black Horses, Cobalt Suns: new poems". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 April 2004
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