Civil Elegies is Dennis Lee's uncompromising exploration of citizenship, both Canadian and human. Eli Mandel has called Civil Elegies one of the most important contemporary books of poetry in our country. It was the winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry in 1972. This edition features a new introduction by noted academic Nick Mount, who places this important collection in the context of Canadian literature and Lee’s career.
About the authors
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.
NICK MOUNT is a professor of English literature at the University of Toronto, award-winning critic, and former Fiction Editor at The Walrus. He regularly gives public talks on the arts in Canada, and has appeared on TVO’s Big Ideas and CBC Radio’s Sunday Edition. He is a two-time finalist in TVO’s Best Lecturer Competition. In 2011, he was awarded a 3M National Teaching Fellowship, the country’s highest teaching award. He lives in Toronto.
- Winner, Governor General's Award: Poetry