A House in Memory: Last Poems, a collection of unpublished poems by the late poet and novelist David Helwig (1938–2018), was released in July. The book is part of the Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.
When David Helwig passed away in 2018, he had a catalogue of unpublished work. His daughter Maggie Helwig chose a selection of her father’s last poems as well as selections from his earlier career for A House in Memory.
The collection shows an author still at the height of his powers, creating work in complex formal structures, contemplating mortality, memory and the landscape of his adopted home of PEI, and paying tribute to his literary predecessors.
Ranging widely through time, space, and literary tradition, A House in Memory features some deeply personal poems. As Maggie Helwig says of her father, “he could not cease to be a poet as long as he had breath in this world.”
Helwig was the author of almost 50 books. He was the recipient of the Matt Cohen Prize for lifetime achievement and a member of the Order of Canada.
A House in Memory is available at mqup.ca.