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The Long Bond

The Long Bond

Selected and New Poems

By Allan Briesmaster

The Long Bond is a gathering of the finest work from six books over four decades by a widely respected and remarkably versatile poet. It spans a massive range of subjects and styles, encompassing the Canadian landscape, music and art, love and family, science, technology, and the manifold challenges to a questioning mind on our anxious planet.


Guernica Editions (Essential Poets Series)


175 pages |

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Allan Briesmaster’s new volume yields the rich gifts of his long, involved bond with poetry. Behind his careful work pulses an instinct, both genuine and inevitable of a writer who sees poems everywhere, all the time.

Arc Poetry Magazine

Allan Briesmaster learned his craft from the great rhapsodists: Wordsworth, Hopkins, Thomas. Mature and eloquent, large in ideas, passions and rhythms. A poet both expert and humane, Briesmaster bucks literary fashion; he follows the river of his inspirations to its source and draws the reader to the inner places of music and vision.

Richard Greene

[on Pod and Berry:] Briesmaster is the kind of companion we all might wish for in walking and thinking and talking and in silence as we move into and through the world.

John B. Lee

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About the author

Allan Briesmaster has been a readings organizer in Toronto, editor for several Canadian publishers, and a founding partner in Quattro Books. Currently he runs his own literary press, Aeolus House. The author of seven books of poetry, he has read his work, given talks, and hosted literary events across Canada.