The Address Book
Written by Steven Heighton
Publication Date February 23, 2004
Governor General's Award-finalist Steven Heighton employs his signature blend of emotional fierceness and linguistic beauty to tap into "This whim / against what drifts to dark." The Address Book is a collection of remarkably well-crafted love letters, letters of loss, and lyrical moments of complaint and redress where music and intelligence are the last guard against wind walls of real grief. Elegiac, angry, tender, and brazenly heart-felt, these poems achieve their effect through total conviction; a complete immersion in the rich palette of human emotions — comfortable and otherwise. The collection's second half includes the author's versions from Western poetry's sustaining giants, including Beaudelaire, Rimbaud, Sappho, Catullus, Homer, and Rilke.
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.