In his fourteenth book of poetry, Partake, Governor General’s Award winning poet Robert Hilles writes frankly about the death of his younger brother from cancer. He travels to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand to grieve and heal and through these poems we see East meeting West. Partake chronicles the power of family and the spiritual journey from loss to renewal.
“In Partake, Robert Hilles proves himself to be a poet of bluntness and deep feelings. He writes about the untimely death of his younger brother with arresting, tactile metaphors and a sense of sorrow that spans mere distance and becomes a series of sunken islands and stark mountain peaks. He writes about several different deaths here, the death of innocence primary amongst them. These are poems that utter themselves in cries of grief and praise, poems that are vastly, vitally alive.”
About Robert Hilles
– Barry Dempster, author of The Burning Alphabet and Love Outlandish