About the Author

Frank Davey

Born in Vancouver, Frank Davey was Carl F. Klinck Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Western Ontario. Upon his retirement in 2005, the conference “Poetics and Public Culture in Canada” was held in his honour. Davey attended the University of British Columbia where he was a co-founder of the avant-garde poetry magazine TISH. Since 1963, he has been the editor-publisher of the poetics journal Open Letter. With fellow TISH poet Fred Wah, Davey founded the world’s first on-line literary magazine, SwiftCurrent in 1984.

A prolific and highly-esteemed author of numerous books and scholarly articles on Canadian literary criticism and poetry, Davey writes with a unique panache as he examines with humour and irony the ambiguous play of signs in contemporary culture, the popular stories that lie behind it, and the struggles between different identity-based groups in our globalizing society—racial, regional, gender-based, ethnic, economic—that drive this play.

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A Preliminary Biography
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Back to the War

Back to the War

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Bardy Google

Bardy Google

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Cultural Mischief

Cultural Mischief

A Practical Guide to Multiculturalism
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Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

A Feminist Poetics
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Margaret Atwood ebook

A Feminist Poetics
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Mr. and Mrs. G. G.

Mr. and Mrs. G. G.

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Popular Narratives

Popular Narratives

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Selected Poems

Selected Poems

The Arches
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When Tish Happens

When Tish Happens

The Unlikely Story of Canada's "Most Influential Literary Magazine"
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All These Roads

All These Roads

The Poetry of Louis Dudek
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For William Carlos Williams by Louis Dudek

You want your truths told of you—

those wavery lines!

Each pencil mark's a fiddlehead

unfolding to an island of wild fern,

O hell, did you have to do it

now, Bill

when we were just getting

the whiplash of your New Measure, crack

of the words in the sun, over the woman eating

plums, over the burning greens?

When we were getting the hang of it, to your glory,

and bringing the baskets home,

stuff you planted in your Earlier and Later

Collected Poems

praising the world

and talking to the cabman

about “Pound and economics” so many beginnings

Those forceps, stethoscopes (the way to their hearts)

and medical books you could never keep up with

—thrown away, finished?

Isn't it (death) stupid? That all a man is,

those immediate moments

you tried to cling to, should be thought “ephemeral”?

Death is a liar, Bill Williams Don't think for a minute

that we believe him It's all the same

It's as you said, every minute of it, here, now, real and forever.

 

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ABC of Reading TRG

ABC of Reading TRG

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Outsider Notes

Outsider Notes

Feminist Approaches to Nation State Ideology, Writers/Readers and Publishing
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