Wednesday 13 June 2007

Dead Poets Society

Kudos to Arc Poetry Magazine for their issue on Canada’s forgotten and neglected poets. Thirteen, in fact. In the special issue, to be launched at the Manx pub in Ottawa, June 23, poets such as Avi Boxer, Philip Child, Dorothy Roberts, and James Denoon (do you recognize these names?) are the subject of essays by poets and critics.

It’s sad, in this country, how quickly the names of poets fade from memory, once they’ve passed away. In 2003 we published the substantial Heresies: The Complete Poems of Anne Wilkinson, 1924-1961, abley edited by Dean Irvine. We had hoped to introduce to a new generation of poets and to the poetry-reading public (albeit a modest one) to the artistry of Wilkinson’s poetry. Malheuresement, the book went virtually unreviewed.

So, congrats to Arc. A brilliant idea.

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