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Field Notes for the Self

  • Author Name: Randy Lundy
  • Award Year: 2021
  • Publisher: University of Regina Press
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • ISBN: 9780889776913
  • Tags: Nominee 2021

About the Book

"Field Notes for the Self" is a series of dark meditations: spiritual exercises in which the poem becomes a forensics of the soul. The poems converse with Patrick Lane, John Thompson, and Charles Wright, but their closest cousins may be Arvo Pärt’s tintinnabulations—overlapping structures in which notes or images are rung slowly and repeatedly like bells. The goal is freedom from illusion, freedom from memory, from “the same old stories” of Lundy’s violent past; and freedom, too, from the unreachable memories of the violence done to his Indigenous ancestors, which, Lundy tells us, seem to haunt his cellular biology. Rooted in exquisitely modulated observations of the natural world, the singular achievement of these poems is mind itself, suspended before interior vision like a bit of crystal twisting in the light.

About the Author

Randy Lundy is a member of the Barren Lands (Cree) First Nation. Born in northern Manitoba, he has lived most of his life in Saskatchewan. He has published three previous books, "Under the Night Sun," "Gift of the Hawk" and "Blackbird Song." His work has been widely anthologized.

2021 Book Awards