About the Author

A.F. Mortiz

George Fetherling has been writing and publishing for more than forty-five years. One of his most popular works is Travels by Night: A Memoir, which recreates leading personalities and events in the fabled Canadian cultural renaissance of 1965–75. His most recent books are The Sylvia Hotel Poems and the novel Walt Whitman’s Secret, both published in 2010. Fetherling is also a visual artist.

A.F. Moritz has published more than twenty collections of poetry as well as important works of literary history and numerous translations of Latin American verse. A leading figure in the literary life of Canada, he has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a major award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Two of his most recent works have reaffirmed his reputation: Night Street Repairs (2004) received the ReLit Award and The Sentinel (2008) won both the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry magazine and the Griffin Poetry Prize. He teaches at the University of Toronto.

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Mahoning

Mahoning

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Night Street Repairs

Night Street Repairs

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Sequence

Sequence

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Song of Fear

Song of Fear

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The New Measures

The New Measures

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The Sentinel

The Sentinel

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The Sparrow

The Sparrow

Selected Poems of A.F. Moritz
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Immigrant Blues

Immigrant Blues

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Plans Deranged by Time

Plans Deranged by Time

The Poetry of George Fetherling
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Art Criticism by George Fetherling

Je suis ici pour faire des achats de dynamite.

— Blaise Cendrars

 

There are no guarantees

that anything will last

especially when you use

these inferior materials.

Thick chemical gesso

slides onto recycled canvas

one coat horizontal

the next vertical;

as soon as one dries,

another arrives to

contradict it.

I can’t stand the silence.

My ears chafe waiting

for the tune of a catchy explosion.

I am the neighbourhood dynamiter

who never knows when opportunity

might strike. One must always

be alert and heavily armed

against success and its enemies.

This is how I am.

I have no patience

with craft for its own sake

not like the old

Chinese man standing

in his garden every morning

applying more red lacquer

to his coffin.

When the surface is hard

and shiny like a beetle

he will be venerated as only

the ancient dead can be.

I will be scattered over a wide area.

Parts of me may never be found.

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The Griffin Poetry Prize 2010 Anthology

The Griffin Poetry Prize 2010 Anthology

A Selection of the Shortlist
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