Far Voyages (1990)

From: The Essential Douglas LePan


6 – Emblem – A Northern River, with Figures – Flames , at the Beginning – According to La Rochefoucauld – Passacaglia



Douglas LePan

Douglas LePan was a Canadian writer, diplomat and professor of literature. Born May 25, 1914, LePan served in Italy with the Canadian Army during the Second World War—an experience he never forgot, and one that informed much of his literary output over the course of his career. He spent over a decade in the Canadian foreign service before taking up an academic life, teaching at Queen’s University and at the University of Toronto. He is one of a handful of writers to have won the Governor General’s Literary Award both for Poetry (in 1953 for The Net and the Sword) and for Fiction (in 1964 for The Deserter). LePan died in Toronto in 1998.

John Barton

John Barton’s twenty-six books, chapbooks and anthologies include West of Darkness: Emily Carr, a Self-Portrait; Hypothesis; Seminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay-Male Poets; For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin: Selected Poems; Polari; and We Are Not Avatars: Essays, Memoirs, Manifestos. He is also the editor of The Essential Douglas LePan. During a three-decade career in literary magazine publishing, he served as co-editor of Arc Poetry Magazine and editor of The Malahat Review. Lost Family: A Memoir, his twelfth collection of poems, is forthcoming in the fall of 2020. He lives in Victoria, BC.