On Not Losing My Father's Ashes in the Flood

Richard Harrison's On Not Losing My Father's Ashes in the Flood, winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for poetry, is a combination of memoir, lyrical essays and personal correspondence.

Richard Harrison

In his final years, Richard Harrison's father suffered from a form of dementia, but he died without ever forgetting the poems he had memorized as a student and had taught to Richard as a child.

In 2013, the poet feared his father's ashes had been lost in the flood water that ravaged Alberta crisis that would become the inciting event and central theme of this collection. Combining elements of memoir, elegy, lyrical essay and personal correspondence with appreciations of literary works ranging from haiku to comic books, Richard Harrison has written a book of great intellectual depth that is as generous as it is enchanting. (From Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd.)

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