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In the Muddy Shoes of Morning




John B. Lee



John B Lee  -  In the Muddy Shoes of Morning




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ISBN – 978-1-897475-64-5


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A Note About the Author:

For poet, John B. Lee, 2010 has been something of a banner year. Named recipient of the International Poets Academy Lifetime Achievement Award for Global Peace through World Poetry, he also received the distinction of being presented with the Award of Merit for Professional Achievement in Poetry from his alma mater, the University of Western Ontario. In addition to these two honours, he received the Golden Chapbook Award, the Rubicon Press Winter Chapbook Award, the Cranberry Tree Press Award for Poetry, and he was short-listed for the Vallum Poetry Award. With the publication of Sweet Cuba: The Building of a Poetic Tradition 1608-1958 in the summer of 2010, he and his colaborator and co-translator, Dr. Manuel de Jesus Velazquez Leon, have produced an impressive bilingual anthology that has been called "the most significant book of translated Cuban poetry ever published." In 2005 he was named Poet Laureate of Brantford in perpetuity and in 2010 he was named Poet Laureate of Norfolk County. In the Muddy Shoes of Morning is the third part of The Port Dover Trilogy. Part One, How Beautiful We Are, won the inaugural University of Windsor Souwesto/ Orison Award. Part Two, The Place That We Keep After Leaving, was short-listed for the same award. Now with the publication of In the Muddy Shoes of Morning, John B. Lee returns for inspiration to the place he calls home, Port Dover, a fishing community on the south coast of Lake Erie, deep in his beloved Souwesto, where in the closing words of his title poem he writes–

           say this of me, reader
           after the voice-vanish of this life
           I felt the joy of foolishness
           and in the muddy shoes of morning
           saw love



About the book:

> Hi John,
> "In the Muddy Shoes of Morning!" is a wonderful book of poems- I see here the influences of your 
> years on the farm, and this newer influence of the lake!  
> So far, three poems that stand out for me are: In the Muddy Shoes of Morning, 
> The Weakening, and Learning the Dead Man's Float. 
> I see a strong theme of mortality in these poems. Perhaps I can identify with "The Weakening"
> because I see so much of the gulls here by the river, and, In many ways, I like them.  
> Your description of the helpless gull dying in the sand, creates an image perhaps
> of our own "weakening" and death, with our lives cast into wind and wave with so little evidence 
> that we were ever here. 
> Learning the dead man's float also speaks to the fragility of life- how we cling to 
> the memory of "connection" with another human, even if it is only the grasp of 
> a very small hand. 
> I'm reading a few poems each day- I want to savour these lovely, haunting words
> that only John Lee can sculpt and join and create.
> Mary Ann Mulhern
Mary Ann Mulhern's latest book is: Sleeping with Satan, Salem Witch-hunt, 1692.
Sleeping with Satan was launched November 4, 2010.

When Angels Weep was short-listed for the Acorn-Plantos Award, 2009.



Previouisly published by
Hidden Brook Press


Island on the Wind-Breathed Edge of the Sea
ISBN – 978-1-897475-19-5

Book cover - Island of the Wind-Breathed Edge of the Sea by John B. Lee



Sweet Cuba
The Building of a Poetic Tradition: 1608-1958

Translators: John B. Lee, Dr. Manuel de Jesús Velázquez León

ISBN 978-1-897475-53-9

 Book - Sweet Cuba




Books Published by John B. Lee


–  Poems Only A Dog Could Love, (poetry) Applegarth Follies, London, Ontario, 1976

–  Love Among the Tombstones, (poetry) Dogwood Press, Simcoe, Ontario, 1980

–  Fossils of the Twentieth Century, (poetry) Vesta Publications, Cornwall, Ontario, 1983

–  Small Worlds, (poetry) Vesta Publications, Cornwall, Ontario, 1986

–  Hired Hands, (poetry and prose) Brick Books, 1986

–  Rediscovered Sheep, (poetry) Brick Books, 1987

–  The Bad Philosophy of Good Cows, (poetry) Black Moss Press, Windsor, Ontario, 1989

–  The Hockey Player Sonnets, (poetry) Penumbra Press, 1991

–  The Pig Dance Dreams, (poetry) Black Moss Press, 1991

–  When Shaving Seems Like Suicide, (poetry) Goose Lane Editions, Fredericton, NB, 1992

–  The Art of Walking Backwards, (poetry) Black Moss Press, 1993

–  Variations on Herb, (poetry and prose) Brick Books, London, Ontario, 1993

–  All the Cats Are Gone, (poetry) Penumbra Press, 1993

–  These Are the Days of Dogs and Horses, (poetry) Black Moss Press, 1994

–  Head Heart Hands Health: A History of 4H in Ontario, (non fiction) Comrie Productions, Peterborough, Ontario, 1994

–  The Beatles Landed Laughing in New York, (poetry) Black Moss Press, 1995

–  Tongues of the Children, (documentary poetry and prose) Black Moss Press, 1996

–  Never Hand Me Anything if I am Walking or Standing, (poetry) Black Moss Press, 1997

–  Soldier’s Heart, (poetry) Black Moss Press, 1998

–  Stella’s Journey, (poetry and prose) Black Moss Press, 1999

–  Don’t Be So Persnickety, (children’s verse) Black Moss Press, 2000

–  Building Bicycles in the Dark: a practical guide to writing, (non fiction) Black Moss Press, 2001

–  The Half-Way Tree: selected poems of John B. Lee, (poetry) Black Moss Press, 2001

–  In the Terrible Weather of Guns, (documentary poetry and prose) Mansfield Press, Toronto, 2002

–  The Hockey Player Sonnets: overtime edition (poetry) Penumbra Press, Ottawa, Ontario, 2003

–  Totally Unused Heart, (poetry) Black Moss Press, 2003

–  The Farm on the Hill He Calls Home, (memoir) Black Moss Press, 2004

–  Poems for the Pornographer’s Daughter, (poetry and prose) Black Moss Press, 2005

–  Godspeed, (documentary poetry and prose) Black Moss Press, 2006

–  Left Hand Horses: meditations on influence and the imagination, Black Moss Press, 2007

–  The Place that We Keep After Leaving, Black Moss Press, 2008 (forthcoming)


Chapbooks Published by John B. Lee


–  To Kill a White Dog, (documentary poem) Brick Books, 1982

–  The Day Jane Fonda Came to Guelph, (poetry) The Ploughman Press, Whitby, Ontario, 1996

–  What’s in a Name: the pursuit of George Peacock, Namesake of Peacock Point, (essay) Dogwood Press, Brantford, Ontario, 1996

–  In a Language with No Word For Horses, (documentary poems) above/ground press, Ottawa, Ontario, 1997

–  The Echo of Your Words Has Reached Me, (poetry) Mekler & Deahl, Hamilton, Ontario, 1998

–  An Almost Silent Drumming: the South Africa poems, (poetry) Cranberry Tree Press, Windsor, Ontario, 2001

–  Thirty-Three Thousand Shades of Green, (poetry) Leaf Press, Lantzville, BC, 2004

–  Though Their Joined Hearts Drummed Like Larks, (documentary poetry) Passion Among the Cacti Press, Kitchener, Ontario, 2004

–  Bright Red Apples of the Dead, (poetry) Pooka Press, BC, 2004

–  How Beautiful We Are, (poetry) Souwesto Orion Prize, Black Moss Press, 2006

–  But Where Were the Horses of Evening, Serengeti Press, 2007




–  That Sign of Perfection: From Bandy Legs to Beer Legs (poems and stories on the game of hockey), (anthology) Black Moss Press, 1995

–  Losers First: poems and stories on game and sport, (anthology) Black Moss Press, 1999

–  I Want to Be the Poet of Your Kneecaps: poems of quirky romance, (anthology) Black Moss Press, 1999

–  Following the Plough: poems and stories on the land, (anthology) Black Moss Press, 2000

–  Henry’s Creature: poems and stories on the automobile, (anthology co-edited with Roger Bell) Black Moss Press, 2000

–  Smaller Than God: words of spiritual longing, (anthology co-edited with Brother Paul Quenon) Black Moss Press, 2001

–  Body Language: a head-to-toe anthology, (anthology) Black Moss Press, 2003

–  Witness: anthology of war poetry, (anthology) Serengeti Press, Mississauga, Ontario, 2004

–  Bonjour Burgundy: Writing from La Roche D’Hys, (anthology) Mosaic Press, 2008

–  Under the Weight of Heaven—writing from Gethsemani, Black Moss Press, 2008

–  Home Issue: Windsdor Review, fall 2008