About the Author

Fred Wah

Born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in 1939, celebrated Canadian poet Fred Wah was raised in the interior of British Columbia. He is the author of over 20 published works of poetry and prose-poetry, including the award-winning creative non-fiction Diamond Grill, the tenth anniversary edition of which was released in the fall of 2006. Other notable titles by Wah include his book of poetry Waiting For Saskatchewan (Turnstone Press), winner of a Governor General’s Award in 1985, and Faking it: Poetics and Hybridity, winner of the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Writing in Canadian literature. In 2008, he published a collection of poetic image/text projects titled Sentenced to Light (Talonbooks), and in 2010, he won the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize for poetry for is a door (Talonbooks).Fred Wah was one of the founding editors of the poetry journal TISH. After graduate work in literature and linguistics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and the State University of New York in Buffalo, where he worked with Robert Creeley and Charles Olson, he returned to Canada. He has been involved in teaching internationally in poetry and poetics since the early 1960s. In 2011, Wah became Canada's Parliamentary Poet Laureate, the fifth poet to do so. In 2013, he was made an Officer in the Order of Canada. Fred Wah currently works and lives in Vancouver.

Books by this Author
beholden

beholden

a poem as long as the river
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Breathin' My Name with a Sigh

Breathin' My Name with a Sigh

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Diamond Grill

Diamond Grill

10th Anniversary Edition
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Faking It

Faking It

Poetics and Hybridity: Critical Writing 1984-1999
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False Laws of Narrative, The

False Laws of Narrative, The

The Poetry of Fred Wah
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is a door

is a door

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Permissions: TISH Poetics 1963 Thereafter -

Permissions: TISH Poetics 1963 Thereafter -

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Scree

Scree

The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962–1991
by Fred Wah
introduction by Jeff Derksen
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Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Loki Is Buried at Smoky Creek
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Sentenced to Light

Sentenced to Light

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The False Laws of Narrative

The False Laws of Narrative

The Poetry of Fred Wah
by Fred Wah
edited by Louis Cabri
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The Poem Called Syntax by Fred Wah

We live on the edge of a lake called Echo.

I love this notion that noise makes itself,

so the lake holds all noise in its depths

and when the dog barks it gets it from the lake.

About nine thousand feet above these lakes (all lakes)

there is a geometry of sound, something like Plato's cave of noise.

It is from that construct the dog's bark takes shape,

a resounding of an earlier bark conditioned by the alpine.

History and physics. Acoustic paradigms in a bog of algae.

When I tell all my cousins and friends about this

they'll come to live on the shores of this lake and clean it up.

From the balconies of their summer homes they'll ask a lot of questions.

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Completed Field Notes

Completed Field Notes

The Long Poems of Robert Kroetsch
by Robert Kroetsch
introduction by Fred Wah
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Toward. Some. Air.

Toward. Some. Air.

Remarks on Poetics
edited by Amy De'Ath & Fred Wah
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