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Dreamland Theatre

by (author) Rob Budde

Caitlin Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2014
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    Mar 2014
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The Dreamland Theatre exists in a photograph of a white building on sledges being pulled through the mud from one location to another by a team of horses in Prince George (then Fort George) circa 1912. These poems are about imagining place and, continuing the work of Finding Ft. George, Rob Budde's process of trying, and failing, to find out where he is. Poetry is part of a place, and this book deals in the powerful homemaking that is language itself.

About the author

Rob Budde teaches Creative Writing at the University of Northern BC and has taught previously at the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. He has published seven books of poetry, fiction, and short fiction. He has been a finalist for the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer and the McNally-Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year. In 1995, Budde completed a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Calgary. Recently Budde published a book of poetry titled Finding Ft. George, a collection of poems about Rob s growing relationship with Prince George and Northern BC. Rob lives in Prince George with his partner, Debbie Keahey and four children: Robin, Erin, Quinlan, and Anya. Check out his poetry blog:

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  • Runner-up, Dorthy Livesay Poetry Prize

Editorial Reviews

"This is the kind of poetry that doesn't conform to urban forms, but instead talks about a different economy. Come and listen in as poet Robert Budde thoughtfully asks 'on what land am I standing.' Budde asks us to think of something new, and in poems after poem we realize his 'hut shaped ideas' are 'just around the bend' of what is, as he says, 'an inconclusive map' populated, everything being equal, not only with unregulated spaces, but friends' faces, as things go."

--Ken Belford, author of lan(d)guage

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