Monday, 11 April 2011

No Respect

Delighted to see Brian Busby's biography on John Glassco get some well-deserved praise from Stephen Henighan in The Walrus. But it's bizarre: you would never learn from this review -- as you certainly do from Busby's superlative book -- that Glassco is one of Canada's indispensable poets. There's a funny irony to arguing that "the best of Glassco’s work...remained hidden from the public eye" in a piece that reduces one of the very things "hidden from the public eye" -- namely Glassco's poetic achievements -- to a dozen words tacked on at the end. Worse, Henighan even gets that wrong. Glassco won the GG in 1971.

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