University of Alberta Press

Book details

Publication date: November 2017
Features: Glossary, bibliography, index
Keywords: Environmental Philosophy / Poetic Theory
Subject(s): PHILOSOPHY / Epistemology, Philosophy, Conservation of the environment, Environmental Philosophy / Poetic Theory
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Tim Lilburn. With The Larger Conversation, Tim Lilburn completes a manifesto on poetics, eros, philosophy, and enviro-politics that began with the classic Living in the World As If It Were Home (Cormorant Books). A Governor General’s Award winner and the first Canadian to win the European Medal of Poetry and Art, he lives and teaches in Victoria, British Columbia.

"It takes a poet to see the extraordinary in the mundane.... This is reading for the joy of it." [Full review at]

Holly Doan, Blacklock's Reporter

In a series of essays, lectures, confessions, and interviews, all based on years of reading and research, Lilburn shares not new but old, reclaimed ways of thinking—long-ignored riches from the Christian, Judaic and Islamic contemplative wisdom traditions.... In order to undo the Western extractive, colonial approach to land—one that uses, warehouses, and dominates—we have to return to our former strengths, what Lilburn calls 'cognitive rebar.' What justice asks of us is that we do the work to prepare for conversation." [Full article at]

Amy Reiswig, Focus Magazine

"This book is exactly what I think is required in the emerging scholarly and literary work on decolonization in Canada. This isn't a dry and heavy academic text marking up conceptual territory: territorializing knowledge with confusing title and jargon... This book is much more in the traditions of mystical contemplative philosophy."

Cary Campbell, SubTerrain

Cover Design | Alberta Book Awards, Book Publishers Association of Alberta, Canada
ISBNs: 9781772122992 978-1-77212-299-2 Title: the larger conversation