Prometheus Reconsiders Fire



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Prometheus Reconsiders Fire

  Author:   Brent MacLaine    
  Publisher:  Acorn Press

In his new collection of poems, Prometheus Reconsiders Fire, PEI poet Brent MacLaine undertakes an exploration of fire. The prefatory title poem establishes Prometheus as the poet’s persona, a voice that is dedicated to the reconsideration of fire in both its benevolent and malevolent aspects. Formal and elegant, Prometheus plots a trajectory between the classical and the local, a bearing that will be familiar to readers of MacLaine’s earlier work Athena Becomes a Swallow. Wide-ranging in its geography, the new book is wrapped ’round by “The Fire Hall Suite” that begins and ends the book. These are poems that respond to the “drive-by wisdom” created by the anonymous “Sign Person” who speaks to the local community by way of the Fire Hall’s roadside sign. Framed by the “Suite,” the poems of Prometheus move between city and country. A naturalist in the city, MacLaine brings to the urban environment the acutely observing eye that has always characterized his Island nature poems. MacLaine’s imagery, both urban and rural, is remarkable, and no other Canadian poet is quite as capable as MacLaine is in marrying the formal and the colloquial.

Details and Specs
Item AC0130
PublisherAcorn Press
PublishedMay 19 2016
Language eng
Pages 94
Format Paperback
Dimensions5(in) x 8(in)
Brent MacLaine is Professor Emeritus and a 3M Teaching Fellow in the Department of English at UPEI. He grew up in the rural community of Rice Point, PEI, to which he returned after teaching at universities in Vancouver, China, and Singapore. In addition to numerous academic articles on modern literature, he has published four volumes of poetry. His awards for poetry include a League of Canadian Poets prize, the Prince Edward Island Book Award, and the Atlantic Poetry Prize.