Lake of Two Mountains

Lake of Two Mountains

Arleen Paré / Nov 13, 2019

Lake of Two Mountains Poetry LGBT Studies A hymn to a beloved lake a praise poem in forty five parts a contemplation of landscape and memory LAKE OF TWO MOUNTAINS Arleen Pare s second poetry collection is a portrait of

  • Title: Lake of Two Mountains
  • Author: Arleen Paré
  • ISBN: 9781926829876
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Paperback
  • Poetry LGBT Studies A hymn to a beloved lake, a praise poem in forty five parts, a contemplation of landscape and memory LAKE OF TWO MOUNTAINS, Arleen Pare s second poetry collection, is a portrait of a lake, of a relationship to a lake, of a network of relationships around a lake It maps, probes and applauds the riparian region of central Canadian geography that liesPoetry LGBT Studies A hymn to a beloved lake, a praise poem in forty five parts, a contemplation of landscape and memory LAKE OF TWO MOUNTAINS, Arleen Pare s second poetry collection, is a portrait of a lake, of a relationship to a lake, of a network of relationships around a lake It maps, probes and applauds the riparian region of central Canadian geography that lies between the Ottawa and the St Lawrence Rivers The poems portray this territory, its contested human presences and natural history the 1990 Oka Crisis, Pleistocene shifts and dislocations, the feather shaped Ile Cadieux, a Trappist monastery on the lake s northern shore As we are drawn into experience of the lake and its environs, we also enter an intricate interleaving of landscape and memory, a reflection on how a place comes to inhabit us even as we inhabit it.

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      • Arleen Paré

        Arleen Par is a Canadian writer She has published two collections of poetry and a novel to date.Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Par was educated in social work and adult education, and worked in social services in Vancouver, British Columbia for much of her professional career She later left her social services job to study creative writing at the University of Victoria.Her first book, Paper Trail, was published in 2007 A blend of poetry and prose about a businesswoman finding herself stifled by the weight of corporate bureaucracy, the book was a shortlisted nominee for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 2008, and won that year s City of Victoria Butler Book Award She followed up with the novel Leaving Now in 2012.Her 2014 poetry collection Lake of Two Mountains won the Governor General s Award for English language poetry.


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    1. With full knowledge that some people (possibly more qualified than me) liked this book, here’s why it didn’t really do anything for me:1. CANADIAN. NATURE. POETRY. Except for very exceptional exceptions (am I allowed to use those two words together?), I just really don’t want to read any Canadian nature poetry ever again in my life. 2. I have no emotional connection to rural Ontario.3. Some parts of this collection made me feel like I was reading something that should have been titled “T [...]


    2. vision doublesthe lake’s surface calmedtrees displaying roots into rootstheir upside-down selvestrees selves downside-upin the water where their rootstouch their roots a surfeit of calmredoubles the lake- More, pg. 6* * *My lake says the manwith the speedboatbecause his uncleonce owned a camp at Rigaud where the riverbreaks into the lakeGod’s lake saysFrere Gabriel ownswhatever He wantsand who wouldn’t want this particular lakeMy lake you sayand the lake of your sisterbecause your grandfat [...]


    3. It's quite obvious that Arleen Pare is an excellent writer, and I doubt anyone would question her skill with words. Overall, the collection was nice, but I did find that I had trouble really emotionally connecting to the lake itself or even backwoods Ontario. There were some standout poems - like the "Frere Gabriel's Life" series, the "Monastic Life" series, as well as "Oka Crisis" - but I found myself feeling quite meh in the end.I'll probably see what else Pare puts out in the future, but I th [...]


    4. Read with my book club, and a very successful first poetry choice for many of them. Your mileage may vary, but I think there's something for almost everyone in here. For me, some of the lake imagery and the precise, incisive choice of language worked beautifully.


    5. This is a collection of lovely, reflective poems of a Lake, its surroundings, and the relationships various people and places have to the lake. Where I feel this collection fell flat was in considering the Mohawk connection to the lake. Where Paré does attempt to touch on it, it comes across as her own lack of understanding. She really lost me in the poem “Oka Crisis” when she writes “No one knows how hate works. No one knows/why the Mohawk/don’t own the land.” I’m pretty sure the M [...]


    6. Lake of Two Mountains, Arleen Paré‘s 2014 Governor General’s Award winning poetry collection celebrating/lamenting lifetimes of summers on the shores and waters of Quebec’s Lac des Deux Montagnes at the confluence of the Ottawa and the St. Lawrence, a stone’s throw from Montréal, did not grab me with every poem. Many poems definitely did grab me. But none grabbed me quite as strongly as “Distance Closing In”, the first poem of the cycle. Rather than discussing the entire book, I wi [...]


    7. One of the main draws to the cottage is the lake. These poems touch the essence of that experiencefrom "Dad in the Lake" to "Older Aunt" and "Uncle Bobby" but also wider, to where the lake ripples into the spiritual prose poems of Frere Gabriel in a Trappist sanctuary at the lake's edge andwider to the political, with the Oka Crisis. "The lake is a woman who no longer looks in the mirror" and "the lake lifts small pewter washes in rows of applause" are some of the gems in this beautifully crafte [...]


    8. We take way too many things for granted in our busy lives. Work, school, family and so on demand our attention that we ignore simple features that exist in our neighbourhoods. But Arleen Paré has noted the lakes near her and has recorded her observations in her poetry collection Lake of Two Mountains and has given us something to ponder in our own environs.tinyurl/p3j98vr


    9. I don't often read books of poetry, but I wasn't disappointed with this one. I don't know how to describe it except to say it was very Canadian, and beautiful. Made me pine for lakeside summers or monastic living. Read for the 2016 FABclub Challenge, #3: A Collection of Poetry.


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