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The Cold Panes of Surfaces reveals another visionary, Romantic sensibility, one that stays more consistently rooted in the particularities of memory and everyday experience but nevertheless finds the stuff of transcendence in that material. Throughout, Banks’s craft is wonderfully assured. His leisurely, expansive lines are tightly packed with thought and feeling; his rhythms are finely attuned to the movement of a meditating mind; and his quiet, unostentatious language can give a sense of precision and mystery at one and the same time.”

—Malcolm Woodland, University of Toronto Quarterly

 

“Chris Banks slips, with great ease, between past and present, between what is lost and what is found in this collection. His poems are elegantly layered pieces of image and metaphor that sweep the reader into the centre of each poem.”

—Kim Fahner, Canadian Book Review Annual

 

“…his pensive poems take hold of the reader in a quiet but emphatic way…this collection is chock full of deft phrasing and memorable images.”

—Barbara Carey, The Toronto Star

 

“Banks is a keeper. I look forward to his progress.”

—Andrew Vaisius, Prairie Fire

 

“Noteworthy Canadian poets remain under-recognized in the United States. This collection from young Ontario writer Chris Banks warrants attention… These quiet contemplative poems listen to the world breathe.”

—Melanie Drane, ForeWord Magazine

 

The Cold Panes of Surfaces confirms the emergence of a poet who has meaningful things to say and who possesses the language tools to say it well.”

—Robert Reid, The Record

 

“Chris Banks takes the incidental moments of our lives and raises them with stunningly precise language, to the level of the divine…the imagery is always fresh and revelatory, as if Banks were taking us by the hand, pointing to the world around us and saying, “Here is beauty. Here it is again. And here.”

—Leah Rae, Geist

 

Cold Panes of Surfaces offers appreciative readers 96-pages of Chris Banks’s superbly crafted and enthusiastically recommended prose poems.”

—Library Bookwatch

 

“Banks writes complex, nuanced lines of narrative verse….He’s a maestro with the poetry of physical objects”

-Nick Than, Quill & Quire

 

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