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Where the Nights Are Twice as Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets Paperback – Feb 3 2015

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  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Goose Lane Editions; First Edition edition (Feb. 3 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864923848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864923844
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"At times beautiful, at times rueful, Where the Nights Are Twice as Long is a collection of letters written by Canadian poets to those they loved. The result is a diverse portrait of the life cycle of a romantic relationship, from the first infatuation to I-still-can't-forget-you melancholy." — CBC Books (2015-05-12)

"The love letter is not dead, just different, a new book proves." — The Star Phoenix (2015-05-12)

"The editors of Where the Nights Are Twice as Long have organized the letters (and occasional love poems) according to the writer's age at the time of composition. The results reveal much about the evolution (and disintegration) of our passions as they are worn down or deepened over time.#&34; — Toronto Star (2015-05-12)

"[T]he new book proves that while some things change — using email to send letters rather than paper — the joy, and sometimes pain, of love is constant." — On Campus News (2015-05-12)

&#With obvious diligence, the editors have solicited, collected, or dug up love letters by 129 English Canadian poets." — Quill & Quire (2015-05-12)

" As the letters, poems, emails and texts in this collection are grouped according to the age of the poets at the time of writing, poets and their eras collide. And what grand collisions they are. The book is rich in loss and endings, longevity and, no matter what the age, erotic and sometimes erratic explorations in the realm of love." — Vancouver Sun (2015-05-12)

"Part of the appeal of Eso's and Lynes's anthology is that the lover's discourse is revealed as tricky and duplicitous. At once mythic and collective, it is also intimate and particular, directed not to an imaginary world of readers and writers but to a certain somebody, an often unnamed but nevertheless profoundly known beloved." — Literary Review of Canada (2015-07-24)

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One hundred and thirty poets.

Hundreds of letters and epistolary poems.

An unforgettable journey into the long night of love.

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Eso and Lynes have done an incredible job of gathering such a wealth of correspondence. I love the way they have organized it. This is not a book I wanted to read from beginning to end. It was evident it was meant to offer explorations. I decided I would begin with poets with letters from different ages. I began with Milton Acorn. All of his letters were to or from Gwen MacEwan. Reading them took me through a heartbreaking arc. Turning the pages to find the next letter made me feel as though I were aging along with them.

Then there were the side trips along the way. Wait - there's a letter from Louis Riel. I've got to read this Leonard Cohen one. By the time I was done, I had traipsed back and forth throughout personalities and needed to do just Acorn again to get the full feeling of the correspondence. At times it is so intense that you feel as though you are intruding. Despite that it does lead you to an understanding of those involved, an understanding I don't think you could get in any other way.

Well done!
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If you've ever: written or received love letters/emails/texts; been madly in love; languished in unrequited love; had your heart shattered and/or broken a few yourself....you're apparently in good company. In these writings of "130 poets", I felt like I'd just been invited to sit in the comfy chair of every living room each love letter was written in to hold and read in my own hands. I could immediately immerse in these letters and accept being present to each of the various eras within which letters were composed (from 1885 in the case of Louis Riel from prison right up to lightning speed exchanges of authors in 2013 via email and text). I felt nearly embarrassed by such intimate access to the most vulnerable side of some of Canada's most beloved writers/poets (but I kept reading! Without hesitation!). I laughed and I cried...my heart ached along side them or it soared celebrating their triumphs. These love letters were not conventionally composed to be each authors' "best" work. They were written with pure passion, from the heart...which instead may make these letters each author's most powerful. I found this book, and the way it is arranged to be fascinating (the letters are arranged according the age each of the author and not chronologically, as a statement about the evolving human perception of love as people accept and understand it differently as they grow older). This book is an escape of sorts, but it is not light reading. Strap your heart in for a wild ride along a spectrum between testimonies of elation and near devastation....and all that love offers in between. Amazing.
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