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Don McKay has published numerous books of poetry and several books of essays. The poetry has been recognized with a number of awards, including two Governor Generalas Awards and the Griffin Poetry Prize. His most recent book of essays, The Shell of the Tortoise, received the Winterset Prize for Excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador Writing for 2011. Paradoxides, his most recent book of poems, winner of the E.J. Pratt Prize for Poetry, includes meditations on geology and deep time, while pursuing ongoing obsessions with birds and tools. He lives in St. Johnas, Newfoundland.
"Angular unconformity: a discordant surface of contact between the deposits of two episodes of sedimentation in which the older, underlying strata have undergone folding, uplift, and erosion before the deposition of the younger sediments, so that the younger strata truncate the older." -- Michael Allaby, ed., A Dictionary of Earth Sciences, 3rd edition (Oxford University Press 2008)