Allan Briesmaster


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The poems in Windfor invite readers to explore three broad areas of concern that are at once intimate and universal. The first section presents pivotal episodes from early childhood through late middle age. Autobiographic elements interweave with motifs of travel and restless motion. The second section anxiously examines personal relationships that will sometimes give gifts of dissonance, further complicated by the dilemma of those who chafe at the wide harm of a globalized technocratic culture. The third section fondly immerses in outdoor scenes, shadowed by the awareness of markets oblivious to a climate out-of-kilter. Throughout the book, an ingenious use of varied forms and styles lends vitality to an abundance of ideas and metaphors.

Written by a poet who refuses to be cynical, who stubbornly clings to the sense of awe and wonder he has possessed since youth, Windfor deals with a lifelong engagement with the sublime and the many journeys that ensue when one moves forever in the direction of the unknown. Full of finely constructed poems all richly textured with sound and meaning, Windfor is a table laden with verbal delicacies at a feast where life and all its beautiful immensities are celebrated.
– Luciano Iacobelli, author of The Examined Life and Dolor Midnight

A questing and questioning imagination takes on the plights and challenges of ageing, rapid change and planetary collapse, with no shortage of linguistic energy, determined to “never cease to care / for what could come when one’s no longer there.” For all that, Windfor is a breath of fresh air.
– Gary Geddes, author of What Does A House Want? and The Resumption of Play

Allan Briesmaster is a freelance editor and publisher. He was a founding partner in Quattro Books and currently runs his own literary press, Aeolus House. He is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently The Long Bond: Selected and New Poems (Guernica Editions, 2019), and he has read his work, given talks, and hosted literary events across Canada. He lives in Thornhill, Ontario.

ISBN 978-1-77171-434-1
87 pages
6 x 9

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