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Rain Shadow

Nicholas Bradley


Published: April 2018
ISBN: 9781772123708
Pages: 144 Size: 5.25x9

I walk like a bear—
I have a bear’s gait—
but the gate to the bear’s mind is closed.

—from "The Bear and the Wind"

Rain Shadow is a collection of poems that explores the fraught relationship between the natural world and humans yearning to connect with something greater than themselves. Adopting flux as a first principle, these poems range through destabilized lives and landscapes, fathoming presence and absence, transformation and oblivion. They limn the major questions of our time as the poet crisscrosses western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Witty, playful, serious, and heartsore, Rain Shadow is ideal for anyone who seeks to understand the space in which people and nature are inextricably entwined.


Nicholas Bradley is a poet, literary critic, and scholarly editor. He teaches in the Department of English at the University of Victoria.