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Praise for Breathing Fire 2

In Breathing Fire 2 the latest collection of young Canadian poets from Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane, we are given a glimpse of the literary world to come … There is urgency in their words, a cry to be heard … If poetry allows us to distill our experiences of the world into small snapshots of meaning and truth, then we will have to turn to these new writers — inhabitants of this new world — to translate it for us. We will be in good hands.
—Byrna Hallam, The Martlet

Readers of the first edition of Breathing Fire, published nine years ago, will remember a formidable collection of young voices largely unknown to Canada's poetry scene. In Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane's second introduction to “Canada's New Poets,” the results are even more impressive.
—Shannon Cowan, Globe and Mail

This writing is driven by an underlying, ineffable vitality, a legitimacy — a sense that the words are locked inexorably in place and the poet knows it … There's much to like in Breathing Fire.
—Jon Mooallem, Books in Canada

Crozier and Lane write their intro in celebration, excitement, and gratitude for the good poems they found. For that, and for all their time and attention, they deserve praise … [T]he book can give you hours of intense reading engagement and coax you to search for books you might have taken much longer to discover, or never discovered. A decade or two from now … Breathing Fire 2 is likely to be … a historical time-capsule.
—Brian Bartlett, The Malahat Review