Great Canadian Poems for the Aged Vol. 1 Illus. Ed. (Book Thug Tradebooks)

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Poetry. GREAT CANADIAN POEMS FOR THE AGED VOL. 1. ILLUS. ED. dares to go where no book of Canadian poetry has gone before—deep into the heart of darkness epitomized by the idea of the Great White North. Except white is not dark. And the heart thing was a bit overused even by the time Conrad got around to it. In any case, recalling the fundamental elements of the Canadian struggle for identity, when he can recall anything at all, Michael Boughn takes his few, select readers on a tour through the midden heap of Canadian culture that turns into a unique confrontation with the profound questions facing the nation, like, "What's a Doukhobor," "Did Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald really do it in a canoe," and "What was Wyndham Lewis doing in Wawa?" No one actually able to finish this book will remain untouched by the subtle lyric voice that weaves together disparate, irrelevant, and often offensive elements of the Canadian experience into an unforgettable poem for the aged.

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Born and raised in Riverside, California, Michael Boughn moved to Canada in 1966 because of his opposition to the war against Viet Nam. In Vancouver he met and studied with Robin Blaser who introduced him to the work of William Blake, Charles Olson, H.D., Jack Spicer, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams and other crucial writers. He spent nearly 10 years working in the Teamsters before returning to school to study with Robert Creeley and Jack Clarke in Buffalo, N.Y. where he received his PhD in 1986. Since 1993 he has lived in Toronto. He is the author of Iterations of the Diagonal, DISLOCATIONS IN CRYSTAL, Into the World of the Dead, One's own Mind, 22 SKIDOO/SUBTRACTIONS, and COSMOGRAPHIA: A POST-LUCRECIAN FAUX MICRO-EPIC. With Victor Coleman, he edited Robert Duncan's The H.D. Book for the University of California Press. His detective novel, Business As Usual, is forthcoming.

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