A Skeptic in Springtime

By Brent MacLaine

Brent MacLaine will launch a new poetry book called A Skeptic in Springtime on April 24 at 7 pm in the Faculty Lounge, Main Building Room 201, on the UPEI campus.

A Skeptic in Springtime wrestles with uncertainty and aging, hurricanes, gravity, and particle theory. Amid all the unknowns, “Still, the white-throated sparrow cries I’m here, here, here, here.” Rooted in the PEI landscape where he grew up, MacLaine’s gaze ranges farther afield to Assyrian myth in “Killing a Lassamu,” to the Song Dynasty in “Su Dongpo Makes Ink,” to art in “Claude Monet in the Waiting Room.” 

The book closes with a tribute to the late John Smith, former poet laureate of PEI. Combining keen observation of the natural world and the human condition, the poems in this collection contain “a universe which has leapt from nothing into something.”

Brent MacLaine is a professor emeritus at the Department of English at UPEI and the author of six volumes of poetry. He grew up in the rural community of Rice Point, PEI, to which he returned after teaching at universities in Vancouver, Edmonton, China, and Singapore. His awards for poetry include a League of Canadian Poets prize, the PEI Book Award, and the Atlantic Poetry Prize.

The book launch is free to attend and all are welcome. The event is sponsored by Island Studies Press, the UPEI English Department, and Bookmark. Books will be available for purchase.