by John Donlan


In this new precision-crafted collection, John Donlan expresses his very modern views on the mundane exigencies and exhilarating splendour of daily existence.  He tackles such subjects as beauty, love and ecology, writing with feeling but without sentimentality — indeed, his collection constitutes a ‘history and science of feeling.’

Originally published by House of Anansi Press, 1993. Illustrated green covers with French flaps.

Praise for this collection:

“intelligent, articulate…masterfully condensed style” – Cary Fagan, Globe and Mail, February 12, 1994

“skill with musical phrasing, line, and image” – Mary Dalton, Books in Canada, December 1993

“wit, feeling, and linguistic acrobatics…concise, taut” – Mark Young, Scene, July 15-28, 1993

“better than John Ashbery” – David McFadden

“important insights…the speaker’s voice is extremely likeable and is open and honest…food for the soul” – Jay Ruzesky, Event, Winter 1993-94

“tightly woven and well polished…..there’s a poetic skill at work here, one that has proven itself” – Quill and Quire, November 99


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About the Author

Donlan lives in Vancouver half the year, where he worked as a reference librarian at the Vancouver Public Library for 20 years. For the other six months, he lives on a lake north of Kingston, Ontario, surrounded by 177 acres of wilderness. Spirit Engine is his fourth collection of poetry.

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Additional Info

  • ISBN: 1-77131-463-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-77131-463-3
  • Pages: 63
  • Year: 1993
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  • Cover Art: photo (of Algonquin Park) by Michael Runtz
  • Printing: Second printing

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