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Literary Criticism Poetry

Body Music


by (author) Dennis Lee

House of Anansi Press Inc
Initial publish date
Sep 1998
Poetry, Canadian
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    Sep 1998
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Body Music reveals the remarkable depth and range of Dennis Lee as a poet and thinker.

In eleven ground-breaking essays, Lee explores the experience of body music: the dance of energy from which poems arise. Whether he is discussing rhythm as a form of cosmology, examining children's verse, or probing what it means to worship without belief, his explorations constantly fascinate and entertain.

At a time when literary theory can be highly abstract, Body Music is anchored in a writer's working experience. It opens up dramatic new ways to think about words and the world.

About the author

DENNIS LEE, Toronto’s first Poet Laureate and song lyricist for Fraggle Rock, is the author of enduringly popular children’s collections such as Alligator Pie, Garbage Delight, Jelly Belly, Bubblegum Delicious and The Ice Cream Store. He has received many honours, including the Vicky Metcalf Award for his body of work, and is also an acclaimed poet for adults. His poetry is anthologized and read aroUnd the world. He lives in Toronto.


JEREMY TANKARD was born in Cape Town, South Africa, but left at the age of five for a new life in the United States and then Canada. After attending the Alberta College of Art and Design, he worked as a graphic designer and typesetter before embarking on a career in illustration. His artwork has appeared in major publications such as Time Magazine and The New York Times, and his picture books—including Grumpy Bird, Boo Hoo Bird, Me Hungry!, Piggy Bunny, It’s a Tiger, and Here Comes Destructosaurus!—are hugely popular and widely acclaimed.


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