The Long Defeat

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The Long Defeat

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Dive into Patrick Connors’ highly anticipated new collection of poetry, following the remarkable success of his debut, The Other Life.

In this new book, Connors explores the depths of human experience, influenced by personal challenges and global crises. Reflecting on his own experience of pandemic-induced unemployment, Connors captures universal themes of dissatisfaction and the desire for renewal.

Advance praise for The Long Defeat
“In his poetic opus, Connors is writing the Blues. These are poems that express all of our traumas, fears, feelings of isolation, and sadness with thought-filled relatable verse.”
Dane Swan, Trillium Book Prize for Poetry Finalist

“It is clear that Patrick Connors has lived The Long Defeat and is scarred, though his eye, his heart, and his hands create work that speaks with the courageous authority of a beautiful soul.”
Bernadette Gabay Dyer, author of four novels, two short story collections, and a poetry collection

“Drawing from a place of isolation, loss, and despair, Patrick Connors navigates the mundane alienation of contemporary survival with resolute grace. He leads his readers out of collective uncertainty towards the light of a better tomorrow, displaying an inner peace earned through perseverance. The Long Defeat is this poet’s best work.”
— Brandon Pitts, author of Tender in the Age of Fury and Pressure to Sing

“The poems in The Long Defeat sing of the profound triumphs of the undefeated and of the undefeatable human spirit.”
— John B. Lee, Poet Laureate of Brantford, ON, and the Canada Caribbean Literary Alliance