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What the Stones Remember: A Life Rediscovered


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In this exquisitely written memoir, poet Patrick Lane describes his raw and tender emergence at age sixty from a lifetime of alcohol and drug addiction. He spent the first year of his sobriety close to home, tending his garden, where he cast his mind back over his life, searching for the memories he'd tried to drown in vodka. Lane has gardened for as long as he can remember, and his garden's life has become inseparable from his own. A new bloom on a plant, a skirmish among the birds, the way a tree bends in the wind, and the slow, measured change of seasons invariably bring to his mind an episode from his eventful past. What the Stones Remember is the emerging chronicle of Lane's attempt to face those memories, as well as his new self—to rediscover his life. In this powerful and beautifully written book, Lane offers readers an unflinching and unsentimental account of coming to one's senses in the presence of nature.


Part memoir, part homage to the healing power of nature, this exquisitely written book evokes the poignancy of time lost and the ever-present possibility of renewal.

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Considered to be one of the finest poets of his generation, Patrick Lane has authored more than twenty-five books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and children's poetry. He has received most of Canada's top literary awards and a number of grants and fellowships from the Canada Council for the Arts. His writing appears in all major Canadian anthologies of English literature. His gardening skills and have been featured in the Recreating Eden television series. Lane has been a writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto, Concordia University in Montreal, the University of Ottawa, and the University of Alberta. He presently teaches part-time at the University of Victoria. He lives in British Columbia, with his wife, the poet Lorna Crozier.

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olhanson, July 25, 2007 (view all comments by olhanson)
Patrick Lane?s ?What the Stones Remember: A Life Rediscovered? tells the story of the award-winning Canadian poet, a recovering alcoholic and abuser of drugs.

After reading Lane?s memoir I want to meet the man whose mind and brain withstood years of abuse and could still choose such words, glorious and wrenching, touching in their lucidity. I want him to explain to me how he thinks his cells held on. What warded off guzzling 13 ounces of vodka at a time? Was it the poetry that exercised them?

I want to hear his voice tell his story of the beloved garden he tends again, all the while so aware of the monster lurking, easily ready to regain its hold on his life.

Lane had been gardening there for years, just as he?d been writing for years. I want to ask him how he was able to do both effectively even while he nurtured his addiction. Through the prism of words, he reveals childhood and adulthood memories, mixing them with his first sober year.

Don?t we, the many and the few, have addictions that impact, influence and involve our lives? Reading Lane and then seeing and hearing him will help us live our lives. We?ll know we can do it?he did it.

Almost at the end of the book, Lane writes: ?There are no accidents, there are no serendipitous moments. There are only fragile interludes of clarity and sometimes I don?t understand them fully when they happen.? I want to ask if that?s what happened when his mother last spoke to him, when she sat up in the midst of a morphine-induced dream, interrupting Lane as he read to her from her favorite book, Dickens? ?The Old Curiosity Shop.?

Wasted away in her hospital bed, his mother grabbed his arm and said, ??At every turn there?s always something lovely.?? That?s what I want to believe about my life.

Actually, I did get to meet Lane when he came to Lemuria Books, another great independent bookstore, in Jackson, Miss., on Oct. 19, 2005. He answered all of my questions.
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