Christopher Patton

Christopher Patton is a Canadian poet and translator. A section from his first book, Ox, won the Paris Review’s long poem prize. Recent books include Curious Masonry and Unlikeness is Us, a volume of translations from Old English which won an American Book Award. His visual poetry has been shown at the Whatcom Museum and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. He blogs at

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Curious Masonry
Christopher Patton

2011 / Poetry / $15.95
9781554470938 / Trade paper / 48 pp

Christopher Patton’s translations from the Exeter Book—a volume of Old English poetry used, over centuries, to store gold foil for illumination of texts thought more meaningful—draw the poems into a modern idiom without quieting their unearthly strangeness. His sense of their passage through time also yields “Hearth,” a take on “The Earthwalker” that uses type and white space, speech and silence, to embody the “play of duration and flux” consuming both the physical manuscript, and the worried, reflective speakers of its poems.

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Other Books by this Author

Slipsheets: An incidental printing of Gerald Manley Hopkin’s “Pied Beauty”
Andrew Steeves, Christopher Patton

2023 / Poetry/Typography / $19.95 CAN
9781554472482 / Trade paper / 48 pp
Christopher Patton

2020 / Canadian Poetry / $21.95 CAN
9781554472116 / Trade paper / 96 pp
Unlikeness Is Us: Fourteen from the Exeter Book
Christopher Patton

2018 / Poetry/Medieval, Literary Criticism / $29.95 CAN
9781554471751 / Trade paper / 208 pp

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