Introducing students to the depth, breadth, and character of Canadian poetry for over 40 years, this collection of classic and contemporary poems offers a rich representation of this country's diverse poetic landscape. Featuring a combination of established and up-and-coming poets, this edition introduces students to a wide range of engaging voices from across the country.
About the author
Gary Geddes was born in Vancouver and raised mostly on the west coast, where he gill netted, loaded boxcars at BC Sugar Refinery, stocked shelves at Woodwards, worked as a fishing guide at Whytecliffe, taught on Texada Island, and drove water-taxi. After doing graduate studies at Reading University in England and at the University of Toronto, he embarked on a varied career as a writer, teacher, editor, and publisher. Gary taught for twenty years at Concordia University in Montreal before returning to the west coast, where he was appointed Distinguished Professor of Canadian Culture at Western Washington University (1998-2001) and served as writer-in-residence at Green College (UBC), and the Vancouver Public Library. He has written and edited more than thirty-five books of poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, criticism, translation and anthologies, including 20th Century Poetry & Poetics and 15 Canadian Poets Times 3. His literary awards include the E.J. Pratt Medal and Prize (1970), the National Poetry Prize (1981), the Americas Best Book Award in the 1985 Commonwealth Poetry Competition, National Magazine Gold Award (1987), the Writers Choice Award (1988), Archibald Lampman Prize (1990 and 1996), the Poetry Book Society Recommendation (1996) and the Gabriela Mistral Prize (1996), which he shared with Nobel laureates Octavio Paz and Vaclav Havel and with Rafael Alberti, Ernesto Cardenal, and Mario Benedetti. Gary Geddes lives on Vancouver Island, where he divides his time between Victoria and French Beach.
"It manages to include all the most important modernist, 'formational' poets while also offering a generous selection of contemporary poets." -Robert G. May, Queen's University
"Geddes has done an admirable job of selecting poems that are representative of innovation, intent, and oeuvre. That the anthology has changed over time reflects the organic nature of a vibrant canon." -Tony Tremblay, St Thomas University
Other titles by Gary Geddes
The Oysters I Bring to Banquets
A Journey through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care
Resumption of Play, The
Kingdom Of Ten Thousand Things
An Impossible Journey From Kabul to Chiapas
Drink the Bitter Root
A Writer's Search for Justice and Redemption in Africa
A Journey Through Time, Place, and Memory