Collection Plates & Slot Machines

By Lawrence Maxwell

Experiencing the beauty and tragedy of the world through the lens of a restless mind—that is the theme for Lawrence Maxwell’s debut book of poetry, Collection Plates & Slot Machines. With references to the natural landscapes and relationships forged in his home province of PEI, Maxwell plays on the idea that we are all part sinner and saint with the capacity for both loving kindness and thoughtless malice.

The correlation between a collection plate and a slot machine is that both are vessels through which we hedge bets for a better life. In this collection, life itself is seen as a gamble. There are instances where humour and brevity are used to cleanse the palate of the heavier subjects, and the sequencing has been crafted in such a way as to move through life—the flow between childhood, adolescence, adulthood and death. This collection is both confessional and observational in its delivery, dealing with temptation and strength, the mundane and the wonderful, all witnessed through the veil of Spirit.

The book will be available for purchase on September 6 online and at various local retail outlets. Join Maxwell on September 24 for a matinee featuring readings from the book and an intimate acoustic musical performance at Trailside Music Hall in Charlottetown. Visit for tickets.