A veteran of the Second World War, Douglas LePan never forgot his experience of the horrors of battle. His bold, powerful verses often recall scenes of valour, tenacity and honour amid the `festivals of savagery' that soldiers face at every turn. LePan focused memorably on combat and on courage; he focused too on luminous moments of comradeship, vulnerability and candour. Whether about love, war or nature, LePan's work serves to `Plunder the mind's aerial cages / Or the heart's deep catacombs', and reveals the human capacity for courage in all its forms.
The Essential Poets Series presents the works of Canada's most celebrated poets in a package that is beautiful, accessible and affordable. The Essential Douglas LePan is the nineteenth volume in the increasingly popular series.
The Essential Douglas LePan presents a wide-ranging collection of poetry-from tense verses on the fog of war to homoerotic love poems to lyrics in praise of the natural world, all in celebration of the heart's blood `that runs through and supports everything mankind has made'.