John Terpstra

Since 1982, John Terpstra has published ten book-length collections of poetry and many chapbooks. He has also published four prose projects, most recently The House with the Parapet Wall, winner of a Hamilton Literary Award. Terpstra has also been a finalist for the Governor Generals Literary Award and the Charles Taylor Prize. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where he works as a writer, cabinetmaker and carpenter.


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Brilliant Falls
John Terpstra

2013 / Poetry / $17.95
9781554471232 / Trade paper / 64 pp


John Terpstra has always had a penchant for juxtaposition, for the fault lines where two seemingly opposing truths rub together and make a sort of music. Brilliant Falls, Terpstras latest poetry collection, often locates these juxtapositions in the transitions of family life. In one poem, a teenaged daughter has a close scrape while practice-driving, learning the fact of our fragile enormity upon the landscape. Terpstras sense of lifes fragility and enormity fuels much of this collection, and is especially poignant in those poems dealing with the subject of aging and dying. There are poems that cut pretty close to the bone, writes Terpstra, in terms of my own need to express the difficult and complicated emotions that prompted them. Yet this collection resists any prolonged wallowing in grief as Terpstra writes his way toward relief, imagining off-beat scenarios where hes street racing with the Queen of England, encountering Sitting Bull in the form of a crow on a Saskatchewan highway, or being interrogated by Saint Peter in Heavens immigration queue. Throughout, Terpstras skill for evoking a mood through the sound of his language and the pacing of his expansive narrative style reminds us that poetry is, at the end of the day, essentially an act of exploration and of faith in which: we still leap aboard, to feel if it shifts / or moves us, trusting and not trusting, / not willing and willing / the rock to roll on.



Other Books by this Author

Mischief
John Terpstra

2017 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US
9781554471676 / Trade paper
The House with the Parapet Wall
John Terpstra

2014 / Memoirs / $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US
9781554471393 / Trade paper
Falling Into Place
John Terpstra

2011 / Nature / $24.95 CAN / $24.95 US
9781554471102 / Trade paper
Skin Boat: Acts of faith and other navigations
John Terpstra

2009 / Memoir / $25.95 CAN / $25.95 US
9781554470792 / Trade paper
Two or Three Guitars: Selected Poems
John Terpstra

2006 / Poetry / $49.95 CAN / $49.95 US
9781554470273 / Fine
Two or Three Guitars: Selected Poems
John Terpstra

2006 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN / $19.95 US
9781554470266 / Trade paper
Brendan Luck
John Terpstra

2005 / Poetry / $4.95 CAN / $4.95 US
9781554470136 / Pamphlet
The Boys, or, Waiting for the Electrician's Daughter
John Terpstra

2005 / Biography / Memoirs / $25.95 CAN / $25.95 US
9781554470112 / Trade paper
Disarmament
John Terpstra

2003 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN / $18.95 US
9781894031738 / Trade paper
Falling Into Place
John Terpstra

2002 / Nature / $25.95 CAN / $25.95 US
9781894031608 / Trade paper
Restoration
John Terpstra

2000 / Poetry / $2.95 CAN / $2.95 US
9781894031325 / Pamphlet

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