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A Ragged Pen

Essays on Poetry & Memory

by Robert Finley; Aislinn Hunter; Jan Zwicky; Anne Simpson & Patrick Friesen

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A Ragged Pen brings to the page five essays on memory. First delivered in Vancouver in the spring of 2005, these talks?by Robert Finley, Patrick Friesen, Aislinn Hunter, Anne Simpson and Jan Zwicky?examine the narrative challenges, lyric energy and questions of verity that surround the subject of memory in a creative context.

Finley’s essay searches out appropriate, genuine voices for memories. Comparing photo narrative projects, his own and a friend’s, he proposes a form of storytelling that incorporates both memory and creation, a dialogue that speaks to, rather than for, the past. Within the discussion of narrative Zwicky posits a distinction between lyric and narrative treatments of memories, what each accepts about and tries to do with what memory delivers, and whether a difference in the degree of verity is part of this distinction. Hunter picks up the thread of verity and examines the discrepancy between seeing and imagining, the notion of “real” and the power of memory, drawing on the work of Borges, Seamus Heaney and recent science that calls into question commonly held perceptions of truth. Friesen begins with a childhood memory he suspects may be an invention, and opens onto the role of longing in memory and in poetry, challenging the assumption of past experience in longing, arguing for a note of loss in every new experience, a longing for what has never been. Simpson uses a myth of longing, that of Orpheus and Eurydice, to dig beneath metaphor, bringing new ideas and influences to the role of metaphor in social interactions and artistic endeavours.

Together these essays make fascinating crossovers and offer fresh insight on memory and art. A Ragged Pen is a valuable new contribution to the study of poetics and narrative philosophy.

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Robert Finley

Robert Finley is the author of The Accidental Indies, a book of lyrical essays, and, with Patrick Friesen, Aislinn Hunter, Anne Simpson, and Jan Zwicky, of A Ragged Pen: Essays on Poetry and Memory. He reads and writes in Nova Scotia and in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he teaches literature and creative writing at Memorial University.

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Aislinn Hunter

Robert Finley is the author of The Accidental Indies, a book of lyrical essays, and, with Patrick Friesen, Aislinn Hunter, Anne Simpson, and Jan Zwicky, of A Ragged Pen: Essays on Poetry and Memory. He reads and writes in Nova Scotia and in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he teaches literature and creative writing at Memorial University.

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Jan Zwicky

Robert Finley is the author of The Accidental Indies, a book of lyrical essays, and, with Patrick Friesen, Aislinn Hunter, Anne Simpson, and Jan Zwicky, of A Ragged Pen: Essays on Poetry and Memory. He reads and writes in Nova Scotia and in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he teaches literature and creative writing at Memorial University.

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Anne Simpson

Robert Finley is the author of The Accidental Indies, a book of lyrical essays, and, with Patrick Friesen, Aislinn Hunter, Anne Simpson, and Jan Zwicky, of A Ragged Pen: Essays on Poetry and Memory. He reads and writes in Nova Scotia and in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he teaches literature and creative writing at Memorial University.

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Patrick Friesen is the author of Blasphemer's Wheel, winner of the Manitoba Book of the Year Award and runner-up for the Milton Acorn People's Poetry Award. A Broken Bowl was short-listed for the Governor General's Award. His work St. Mary at Main was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. He has also written for stage, radio, TV and film. He lives in Vancouver where he teaches writing.

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