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Russell Thornton

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The poet Russell Thornton discusses his recent critically acclaimed collection, Birds, Metals, Stones and Rain (Harbour Publishing, 2013), the craft of poetry, and more, with Joseph Planta.

Birds, Metals, Stones and Rain by Russell Thornton (Harbour Publishing, 2013).

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: Birds, Metals, Stones and Rain

Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

The poet Russell Thornton joins me now. His recent collection, Birds, Metals, Stones and Rain was recently named a finalist for the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. It is described as an intensely personal collection that explores human relationships through images of two worlds: the natural and the urban industrial. I’ll get Mr. Thornton to tell us about this collection. I’ll ask him about poetry, his work, and more. Russell Thornton’s previous books Fifth Window, A Tunisian Notebook, The Human Shore, and House Built of Rain were critically acclaimed and shortlisted for a number of prizes. The book is from Harbour Publishing. The website for more is at www.thornton999.blogspot.ca. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, from his home in North Vancouver, Russell Thornton; Mr. Thornton, good morning.