Mathew Henderson's (2009) book of poems, The Lease (Coach House, 2012), received high praise from reviewers across Canada, not to mention a nomination for the Gerald Lampert Award, the Trillium Award, and a very positive notice in The New York Times.
The poems draw on Mathew's own experience working in the oil fields of northern Alberta.
"He’s a close observer of this work, but he’s an even closer observer of the social landscape that surrounds it," wrote Dwight Garner in his New York Times review of The Lease, which you can read in full on the Coach House website.
Garner went on to call Mathew "a complicated nature poet." The Lease proves Mathew is many things, all the things a poet can be.