About this book
Testament is the summation of Dennis Lee’s decade-long exploration of the dilemma of contemporary existence. Incorporating and rethinking the work published in Un and Yesno, and featuring many completely new poems, this startling collection reminds us anew of the catastrophic reality we have made of our planet, while simultaneously insisting on a particular kind of hope for our future. Testament continues Lee’s radical and inventive use of language, shaping the familiar into the shockingly new. It is a landmark achievement, and a fitting end to one of the most ambitious projects in Canadian poetry.
About the Author
Dennis Lee, who co-founded the House of Anansi in 1967, has written close to forty books of poetry and prose. He was born in Toronto in 1939, won the Governor General’s Award for Civil Elegies and Other Poems in 1972, and published his iconic children’s collection, Alligator Pie, two years later. Since then he has written the song lyrics for Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock, and served as Toronto’s first poet laureate from 2001 to 2004, initiating the Toronto Legacy Project. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and was recently a resident artist at Soulpepper Theatre Company. Lee published his children’s collection Melvis and Elvis in 2015, and Heart Residence: Collected Poems 1967-2017 in 2017. He is married to the novelist Susan Perly, and has three children and two grandchildren.