A Generous Latitude

A Generous Latitude

Lenea Grace’s debut collection maps a series of relationships within a greater exploration of Canadiana, barreling through shield and crag, river and slag. A Generous Latitude is not afraid of beer, bears, internal rhyme, David Hasselhoff, sediment, or sentiment. It does, however, eschew sliding down lampposts, CBC sitcoms, McGarrigles, and the sentimental. Taking humor in...

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A Generous Latitude Reviews

  • Steven Buechler

    I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book from the publisher.

    Most of us crave a published work at times that feels like we are having a conversation with a group of friends. When one thinks of those conversations, one often reflects on serious elements as well as goofy comments and moments of quiet pondering. There is something enlightening as well as uplifting to our psyches after those types of conversations. And that is what reading Lenea Grace’s A Generous Latitude feels like. Less lik

    I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book from the publisher.

    Most of us crave a published work at times that feels like we are having a conversation with a group of friends. When one thinks of those conversations, one often reflects on serious elements as well as goofy comments and moments of quiet pondering. There is something enlightening as well as uplifting to our psyches after those types of conversations. And that is what reading Lenea Grace’s A Generous Latitude feels like. Less like a collection of poetry but more like a good conversation with a good friend.

  • Joseph

    A Generous Latitude: Poems by  Lenea Grace is the poet's first collection of published poetry. Grace's work has appeared in Best New Poets, The Fiddlehead, Washington Square Review, CV2, Riddle Fence, Grain, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of McGill University, University of Maine at Presque Isle, and The New School. Grace is a founding editor of The Mackinac poetry magazine. She grew up in Texas and Oklahoma, spending her summers at Long Lake and John Island in northern Ontario. She lives in G

    A Generous Latitude: Poems by  Lenea Grace is the poet's first collection of published poetry. Grace's work has appeared in Best New Poets, The Fiddlehead, Washington Square Review, CV2, Riddle Fence, Grain, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of McGill University, University of Maine at Presque Isle, and The New School. Grace is a founding editor of The Mackinac poetry magazine. She grew up in Texas and Oklahoma, spending her summers at Long Lake and John Island in northern Ontario. She lives in Gibsons, British Columbia.

    This is quite an interesting collection of poetry and covers nearly a decade of published work. One thing is clear Grace loves Canada and the summers she spent there. I have lived in Texas for the last thirty years and can understand her love for the north. Leaving Texas in August and spending two weeks in along the coast of British Columbia changes one perspective. It's a completely different world.

    Several of her poems are about the experiences of growing up. Although I probably have two decades on her, there are many similarities between that span the decades to include Carling Black Label. Those red and black cans made many a night memorable along with the music -- the stereo sounds of Van Morrison, Jackson Browne, and

    ...it is always 1979 --

    Buckingham and Nicks caught in a freeze frame

    "Influence"

    "Yukon River" brings back memories of the past. "Highway 17" reflects the freedom of travel and the leaving of the familiar and trespassing onto others land, passing towns, abandon towns, and the slightly absurd restaurant that serves both "Chinese and Canadian food." It is the adventure of growing up and the first tastes of freedom. "Hitchhikers," likewise, combines the excitement and caution of being on one's own. With freedom comes relationships too.

    Some experiences are different like "Faceblue" which examines social media and some people's need to photograph everything they eat to everything their cat does. Other poems break things up with random topics. However, most poems reflect on that golden period of young adulthood where the world stretches out before us with promise and excitement. A well-done collection. 

    Available April 17, 2018

  • Molly

    This is a great collection - definitely heavy on pop culture and Canada, but a lot of fun. It reminds me a lot of a good friend's poetry, and that is some high praise.

  • KayCee K

    A Generous Latitude is filled with strong imagery of relationships and overall life. I had fun reading her writing, there was such retro feel. Grace is from Canada, and I really enjoyed how that played into the poetry. But for me, my favorite part is how pop-cultural plays into these poems. Like ever poetry book, there are some poems I wasn't crazy about but there are many gems in this book. I've bookmarked a few lines that I like. I've found Lenea Grace poetry a good, playful read.

    I received a

    A Generous Latitude is filled with strong imagery of relationships and overall life. I had fun reading her writing, there was such retro feel. Grace is from Canada, and I really enjoyed how that played into the poetry. But for me, my favorite part is how pop-cultural plays into these poems. Like ever poetry book, there are some poems I wasn't crazy about but there are many gems in this book. I've bookmarked a few lines that I like. I've found Lenea Grace poetry a good, playful read.

    I received a NetGalley ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't in any way influence my opinion on it. So, this is a 100% honest review by me.

  • Jamie (Books and Ladders)

    Full review to come on

    . Some of this really worked and some of it didn’t. It was an ode to Canada that I don’t think a lot of people who don’t live here necessarily see. It has a really nuanced look at the way Alberta sees the rest of the country but some of the writings were misses for me. There are some beautiful lines in here though.

  • Andrea

    *I received this book from NetGalley in return for a honest review*

    This book is a fun, honest, serious, satirical book of Canadian poetry. There are so many things about these poems that are quintessentially Canadian, both that I understood, and that I didn't because it was not my past. The poems were both quick to get to and understand, but also had deeper meaning to them. I enjoyed most of the poems and felt like it was an interesting compilation.

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  • Kirsty

    I chose to request Lenea Grace's

    from Netgalley, as I always like discovering new poets. Whilst I liked and appreciated all of the cultural details about Grace's native Canada, and the way in which some of her prose felt quite original, the majority of the poems here were very similar, and difficult to distinguish between. Some were just plain odd. Not really a collection for me.

  • Kristy K

    There were a few gems like this one, but on a whole I felt something was missing and many of the poems fell short for me.

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