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Patient Frame

Written by Steven Heighton

  • 112 Pages
  • 9780887849527
  • 8.50" x 5.50"
  • POETRY / Canadian


Publication Date April 10, 2010

Governor General's Literary Award finalist and bestselling author Steven Heighton's considerable dramatic lyric powers reach a new sophistication and intensity in his astonishing collection Patient Frame. From the court of Medici to the My Lai massacre; from love for a daughter and mother, through nightmare and displacement, to moments of painful acceptance; from erotic passion to situations of deep moral failure, these poems are part of an ongoing search, a scanning of our human horizons for moments of lasting value. Heighton's work has long shown a resolve to achieve some viable rapprochement between the mind's cold structures and the earthbound drives of the body.

Dynamic, vigorous, tender poems as engaged with the moment as they are with traditions of East and West. Patient Frame brings together more of Heighton's vital translations of poets as diverse as Jorge Luis Borges and Horace.

Winner of the P.K. Page Founders' Award for Poetry 2011

Runner-up for the National Magazine Awards - Poetry category 2011

Long-listed for the ReLit Awards: Poetry 2011


Steven Heighton

STEVEN HEIGHTON is a critically acclaimed novelist and poet. His novels include Afterlands, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and The Shadow Boxer, a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year. His collections of poetry include Stalin’s Carnival, winner of the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for Poetry; The Ecstasy of Skeptics, a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, poems from which won a gold National Magazine Award and the Petra Kenney Prize; The Address Book; and Patient Frame, poems from which won the P. K. Page Award a National Magazine Award. His fiction and poetry have been translated into nine languages, and have appeared in the London Review of Books, Poetry, Best American Poetry, Agni, Tin House, The Walrus and other publications. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.


"...this book has tremendous range, cover subjects both personal and political, and employing forms as diverse as elegy, ballad, haiku, sonnet, and dramatic monologue...a very good collection." Quill & Quire

"Steven Heighton again demonstrates that he is one of Canada’s most ambitious writers." Winnipeg Review