The Lease by Mathew Henderson

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I’ve read more adept books of poetry than “The Lease” in the past six months, with more self-conscious chaos and precision wordplay.
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Inspired largely by the poet's experiences as a young man working in the Saskatchewan oilfields, Mathew Henderson's The Lease explores masculinity and the roles morality, violence, and hard labor play in it. Equal parts character study, cultural documentary, and coming-of-age narrative, Henderson's poems make it clear that however we may try to stay apart from them, the stubborn and often unflattering realities of masculine culture persist, not just in isolated, dangerous environments like this, but in our very idea of what work is.

No mark survives this place: you too will yield
to unmemory. Give everything you are
in three-day pieces. Watch the gypsy iron
move, follow its commands.
Tend the rusted steel like a shepherd.

Mathew Henderson lives in Toronto, Ontario, writes about the prairies, and teaches at Humber College. The Lease is his first collection of poetry.

 

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Mathew Henderson: Mathew Henderson is a recent grad of the University of Guelph's MFA program. Originally from Prince Edward Island, he now lives in Toronto, writes about the prairies and teaches at Humber College.
 
Published October 30, 2012 by Coach House Books. 73 pages
Genres: Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Feb 26 2013

I’ve read more adept books of poetry than “The Lease” in the past six months, with more self-conscious chaos and precision wordplay.

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