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Night Became Years

Jason Stefanik's Night Became Years is a poetry collection that draws parallels between 15th-­century English beggar culture and contemporary Canadian inner­-city life.

Jason Stefanik

Night Became Years is poetry in the sauntering tradition of the flâneur. Stefanik loafers his way over sacred geography and explores his own mixed heritage through the lexicon of Elizabethan canting language. Comparing the terminology of 15th-­century English beggar vernacular with a contemporary Canadian inner­-city worldview, the poems in Night Became Years unfold as separate entities while at the same time forming a larger narrative on the possibilities of poetry today and the nature of mixed­-blood identity. (From Coach House Books)

Night Became Years was a finalist for the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for poetry.