A Year of Last Things: Poems

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Knopf Publishing Group
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5.9 X 8.5 X 0.8 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author
MICHAEL ONDAATJE is the author of seven novels, including Coming Through Slaughter, The Cat's Table, and Warlight; a memoir, Running in the Family; a nonfiction book on film-editing, The Conversations; and several books of poetry, including The Cinnamon Peeler and Handwriting. Among other accolades, The English Patient received the Booker Prize in 1992 and was made into a film by Anthony Minghella; Anil's Ghost was awarded the Irish Times International Fiction Prize and the Prix Médicis. Born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje lives in Toronto.
"Each new book of Michael Ondaatje's is a literary event, but that is particularly true for his books of poetry. In A Year of Last Things he comes close to writing something like a timeless poem, 'a memory poem' that reflects outside and inside time at the same moment, recording the mercurial, mysterious feeling of being alive. The poems become intimate, unresolved stories, loyal to feeling and presence, the lyricism of dreams applied to narratives of lives and landscapes. A Year of Last Things is a remarkable, incomparable new collection."
--Terrance Hayes, author of So to Speak

"Dazzling . . . This collection radiates the joy of a fully realized, literary life."
--Publishers Weekly, starred

"Forgiveness, memory, and the vicissitudes of love are among the recurring themes of A Year of Last Things, Michael Ondaatje's exceptional new collection of poetry . . . [Ondaatje's return to poetry] is welcome, as he demonstrates yet again that he is a master of the genre."
--BookPage, starred

"A poetry collection in which we 'journey back through time by way of alchemical leaps, unearthing writings by revered masters, moments of shared tenderness, and the abandoned landscapes we hold on to to rediscover the influence of every border crossed.'"
--Lit Hub, "Most Anticipated Books of 2024"