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Stumbling In The Bloom

The poems in Stumbling in the Bloom engage the ever-present enticements and entanglements of beauty on life’s, and art’s, home ground—in wilderness and garden. But this surprising volume, the finale of John Pass’s quartet of poetry books, At Large, takes intriguing side trips on the home-stretch, including a wry excursion to the chiropractor, a fanciful flight from a student driver’s parallel parking practice, up an “Everest” in Alberta, and on a singularly moving Canadian journey towards and away from the “ground zero” of the 9/11 tragedy. The book, and Pass’s aesthetic, come to rest finally on a fulcrum, a paradox, of acceptance: the embrace of uncertainty and (un)happy accident that purpose and effort alone make possible

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The poems in Stumbling in the Bloom engage the ever-present enticements and entanglements of beauty on life’s, and art’s, home ground—in wilderness and garden. But this surprising volume, the finale of John Pass’s quartet of poetry books, At Large, takes intriguing side trips on the home-stretch, including a wry excursion to the chiropractor, a fanciful flight from a student driver’s parallel parking practice, up an “Everest” in Alberta, and on a singularly moving Canadian journey towards and away from the “ground zero” of the 9/11 tragedy. The book, and Pass’s aesthetic, come to rest finally on a fulcrum, a paradox, of acceptance: the embrace of uncertainty and (un)happy accident that purpose and effort alone make possible.

“Pass truly qualifies as the best writer in Canada you never heard of until now . . . [He] dares to go beyond the personal lyric, weaving classical, Christian Romantic and existential threads from our eclectic culture into a narrative tapestry of language and ideas.” –John Moore, The Vancouver Sun

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John Pass

John Pass was born in 1947 in Sheffield, England and has lived in Canada since 1953. He has a BA in English from the University of British Columbia (1969) and teaches at Capilano College in Sechelt and North Vancouver. Fourteen books and chapbooks of his work have been published and his poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies in Canada, and abroad. His collection of poetry Stumbling in the Bloom won the Governor General’s Award in 2006. In 1988 he won the Canada Poetry Prize. He has won awards from The League of Canadian Poets, The BC Federation of Writers and BC Cultural Services, and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. Pass was the recipient in 2001 of the Gillian Lowndes Award. His previous books, The Hour's Acropolis and Water Stair, were short listed for The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Water Stair was also short listed for the Governor General’s Award. John Pass lives near Sakinaw Lake on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast with his wife, writer Theresa Kishkan.

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