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Open Country: Canadian Poetry In English, 1st Edition

By Robert Lecker
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Soft Cover
ISBN-10: 0176103996
ISBN-13: 9780176103996
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 1st
Open Country: Canadian Literature in English: Canadian Poetry is a contemporary showcase of the country’s writing. The collection includes extensive annotations that offer new interpretive possibilities for the study and appreciation of Canadian literature.

Editor Robert Lecker provides an unparalleled view of Canada’s literary evolution. This volume brings together poetry by 58 authors who gained prominence between 1825 and the present, with an emphasis on contemporary writers and a focus on identity, race, gender, and sexuality. It also includes the complete texts of well-known long poems such as Isabella Valancy Crawford’s Malcolm’s Katie, Earle Birney’s David, and Robert Kroetsch’s Seed Catalogue.

Organized chronologically, the works of each author are introduced by a detailed bio-critical essay that provides background information about the influences and ideas shaping the selected works as well as the author’s career. Open Country: Canadian Literature in English: Canadian Poetry combines recognized works in the Canadian canon with innovative challenges to the tradition, creating a dynamic balance between the established and the new.

Features

  • The anthology is organized chronologically and the works of each author are first introduced by a detailed biography providing a glimpse into the life and circumstances that helped create each piece.
  • Comprehensive footnotes have been provided for many of the selections and a book companion website presents additional tools and resources.
  • Emphasis is given to Canadian authors from the past decade and Robert Lecker has also assembled a fair representation of female and aboriginal authors.
  • The anthology offers an excellent collection of contemporary fiction including unexpected stories from established authors with varied themes, such as ethnicity and race, gender, sexuality and the gay and lesbian experience.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgements
  • Oliver Goldsmith (1794-1861)
  • The Rising Village
  • Charles Sangster (1822-1893)
  • From The St. Lawrence and the Saguenay
  • Isabella Valancy Crawford (1850-1887)
  • Malcolms Katie: A Love Story
  • The Rose
  • The Dark Stag
  • The Canoe
  • The Lily Bed
  • Charles G.D. Roberts (1860-1943)
  • The Tantramar Revisited
  • The Furrow
  • The Sower
  • The Potato Harvest
  • The Waking Earth
  • The Cow Pasture
  • When Milking-Time Is Done
  • Frogs
  • The Pea-Fields
  • The Mowing
  • The Winter Fields
  • The Flight of the Geese
  • O Solitary of the Austere Sky
  • Bliss Carman (1861-1929)
  • Low Tide on Grand Pre
  • A Northern Vigil
  • By the Aurelian Wall
  • I Loved Thee, Atthis, in the Long Ago
  • Vestigia
  • The Winter Scene
  • E. Pauline Johnson (1861-1913)
  • A Cry from an Indian Wife
  • The Idlers
  • The Pilot of the Plains
  • The Cattle Thief
  • Ojistoh
  • The Corn Husker
  • Archibald Lampman (1861-1899)
  • The Railway Station
  • In October
  • Heat
  • Winter Evening
  • Among the Timothy
  • The Frogs
  • Morning on the Lievres
  • In November
  • The City of the End of Things
  • Winter Uplands
  • At the Long Sault: May, 1660
  • Duncan Campbell Scott (1862-1947)
  • The Onondaga Madonna
  • The Piper of Arll
  • Night Hymns on Lake Nipigon
  • The Forsaken
  • On the Way to the Mission
  • The Height of Land
  • At Gull Lake: August, 1810
  • E.J. Pratt (1882-1964)
  • Newfoundland
  • The Highway
  • From Stone to Steel
  • The Man and the Machine
  • The Submarine
  • The Truant
  • Still Life
  • Marjorie Pickthall (1883-1922)
  • Dream River
  • The Pool
  • Improvisation on the Flute
  • Mirandas Tomb
  • The Spell
  • The Princess in the Tower
  • W.W.E. Ross (1894-1966)
  • Lovers
  • Wild Rose
  • Curving, the Moon
  • The Diver
  • Good Angels
  • First Snow
  • F.R. Scott (1899-1985)
  • North Stream
  • Laurentian Shield
  • Lakeshore
  • A Grain of Rice
  • National Identity
  • A Lass in Wonderland
  • A.J.M. Smith (1902-1980)
  • The Lonely Land
  • A Hyacinth for Edith
  • Prothalamium
  • Like an Old Proud King in a Parable
  • Noctambule
  • The Archer
  • Metamorphosis
  • The Wisdom of Old Jelly Roll
  • Earle Birney (1904-1995)
  • David
  • Anglosaxon Street
  • Vancouver Lights
  • Bushed
  • The Bear on the Delhi Road
  • Can. Lit.
  • El Greco: Espolio
  • November Walk Near False Creek Mouth
  • A.M. Klein (1909-1972)
  • Design for Mediaeval Tapestry
  • Heirloom
  • Autobiographical
  • Portrait of the Poet as Landscape
  • The Rocking Chair
  • Dorothy Livesay (1909-1996)
  • Green Rain
  • Day and Night
  • London Revisited: 1946
  • Bartok and the Geranium
  • Lament
  • The Three Emilys
  • The Notations of Love
  • Anne Wilkinson (1910-1961)
  • Summer Acres
  • Lake Song
  • Lens
  • In June and Gentle Oven
  • Letter to My Children
  • Variations on a Theme
  • Irving Layton (1912-2006)
  • The Swimmer
  • Composition in Late Spring
  • The Birth of Tragedy
  • The Fertile Muck
  • Whatever Else Poetry Is Freedom
  • For Mao Tse-Tung: A Meditation on Flies and Kings
  • A Tall Man Executes a Jig
  • To the Victims of the Holocaust
  • P.K. Page (1916-)
  • The Stenographers
  • Stories of Snow
  • The Permanent Tourists
  • Arras
  • Photos of a Salt Mine
  • T-Bar
  • After Rain
  • Cooks Mountains
  • After Reading Albino Pheasants
  • Margaret Avison (1918-)
  • Snow
  • The Apex Animal
  • Strong Yellow, for Reading Aloud
  • Meeting Together of Poles and Latitudes (in Prospect)
  • Searching and Sounding
  • Just Left or The Night Margaret Laurence Died
  • Al Purdy (1918-2000)
  • The Country North of Belleville
  • The Cariboo Horses
  • Home-Made Beer
  • When I Sat Down to Play the Piano
  • Trees at the Arctic Circle
  • Wilderness Gothic
  • Lament for the Dorsets
  • At the Quinte Hotel
  • The Horseman of Agawa
  • Piling Blood
  • Say the Names
  • Raymond Souster (1921-)
  • Young Girls
  • Study: The Bath
  • Two Dead Robins
  • The Six-Quart Basket
  • Get the Poem Outdoors
  • Robin Blaser (1925-)
  • The Medium
  • Image-Nation 12 (Actus
  • The Truth Is Laughter 6
  • Image-Nation 21 (territory
  • Robert Kroetsch (1927-)
  • Meditation on Tom Thomson
  • Pumpkin: A Love Poem
  • Stone Hammer Poem
  • Seed Catalogue
  • Phyllis Webb (1927-)
  • Lament
  • Breaking
  • Making
  • Poetics Against the Angel of Death
  • From Naked Poems:
  • Suite 1
  • Suite 2
  • Rilke
  • Treblinka Gas Chamber
  • Heidegger, notes of music
  • ?Attend?
  • Alden Nowlan (1933-1983)
  • Warren Pryor
  • The Bull Moose
  • And He Wept Aloud, So That the Egyptians Heard It
  • The Mysterious Naked Man
  • On the Barrens
  • Leonard Cohen (1934-)
  • Poem
  • I Have Not Lingered in European Monasteries
  • Style
  • What Im Doing Here
  • Suzanne
  • Famous Blue Raincoat
  • The Poems Dont Love Us Any More
  • How to Speak Poetry
  • Closing Time
  • George Bowering (1935-)
  • The Acts
  • Feet, Not Eyes
  • Desert Elm
  • From Kerrisdale Elegies:
  • Elegy One
  • Do Sink
  • Musing on Some Poets
  • Fall 1962. Vancouver
  • Claire Harris (1937-)
  • Where the Sky Is a Pitiful Tent
  • Jane in Summer
  • John Newlove (1938-2004)
  • Crazy Riel
  • The Pride
  • Ride off Any Horizon
  • Notes from and among the Wars
  • Insect Hopes
  • Margaret Atwood (1939-)
  • This Is a Photograph of Me
  • The Animals in That Country
  • Progressive Insanities of a Pioneer
  • Departure from the Bush
  • Newsreel: Man and Firing Squad
  • Tricks with Mirrors
  • Marrying the Hangman
  • Notes Towards a Poem That Can Never Be Written
  • How to Tell One Country from Another
  • The Loneliness of the Military Historian
  • bill bissett (1939-)
  • jed bi kor benskt trik
  • awake in th red desert
  • Beyond Even Faithful Legends
  • Killer Whale
  • yaji yaji yaji
  • ths is a konkreet pome
  • th ordr uv things wher is th ordr
  • Patrick Lane (1939-)
  • Wild Horses
  • As It Is with Birds and Bulls
  • Albino Pheasants
  • Still Hunting
  • There Is a Time
  • The Far Field
  • Go Leaving Strange
  • That Cold Blue Morning
  • Fred Wah (1939-)
  • Waiting for saskatchewan
  • Elite 1
  • Elite 2
  • Elite 3
  • Elite 4
  • Elite 5
  • Elite 6
  • Elite 7
  • Elite 8
  • Elite 9
  • Elite 10
  • Father/Mother Haibun #4
  • From Diamond Grill:
  • Famous Chinese Restaurant is the name of a
  • The Christmas before he dies he comes to
  • After our family moves out to British Columbia
  • Gwendolyn MacEwen (1941-1987)
  • Eden, Eden
  • A Breakfast for Barbarians
  • Manzini: Escape Artist
  • Poems in Braille
  • Dark Pines under Water
  • The Shadow-Maker
  • From The T.E. Lawrence Poems:
  • My Father
  • In Bed
  • The Water-Bearer
  • Feisal
  • The Mirage
  • The Peace Conference
  • The Tao of Physics
  • Daphne Marlatt (1942-)
  • From Steveston:
  • Imagine: a town
  • Steveston as you find it:
  • At Birch Bay
  • in the dark of the coast
  • prairie
  • Booking Passage
  • Don McKay (1942-)
  • The Boys Own Guide to Dream Birds
  • The Great Blue Heron
  • Kestrels
  • How to Imagine an Albatross
  • Fates Worse Than Death
  • Finger Pointing at the Moon
  • "Stress, Shear, and Strain Theories of Failure"
  • Michael Ondaatje (1943-)
  • Henri Rousseau and Friends
  • King Kong Meets Wallace Stevens
  • Letters & Other Worlds
  • White Dwarfs
  • 'The gate in his head'
  • Heron Rex
  • The Cinnamon Peeler
  • Red Accordion ? An Immigrant Song
  • Death at Kataragama
  • bpNichol (1944-1988)
  • after hokusai
  • Not What The Siren Sang But What The Frag Ment
  • Allegory #4
  • Frame 16
  • TTA 4: original version
  • TTA 5: re-arranging words in poem in alphabetical order
  • TTA 19: replacing words with their meanings using Websters
  • DICTIONARY FOR EVERYDAY USE
  • probable systems 4
  • Steve McCaffery (1947-)
  • Poem for Arthur Cravan
  • Gnotes
  • Instruction Manual
  • Marlene NourbeSe Philip (1947-)
  • Discourse on the Logic of Language
  • She Tries Her Tongue; Her Silence Softly Breaks
  • John Steffler (1947-)
  • cliffs
  • Two rock paws
  • From Halki
  • That Night We Were Ravenous
  • Cooks Line
  • Lorna Crozier (1948-)
  • Fishing in Air
  • Myths
  • Facts about My Father
  • Mrs. Bentley
  • A Kind of Love
  • The Sacrifice of Isaac
  • Blizzard
  • Anne Carson (1950-)
  • The Truth about God
  • Tim Lilburn (1950-)
  • Blessed Jan Ruysbroek, Gardening at Groenendael
  • Part of the Inheritance
  • Contemplation Is Mourning
  • Learning a Deeper Courtesy of the Eye
  • Restoration
  • Its Seeing-Perfumed Fist
  • Sleeping Four Nights in a Tree
  • Di Brandt (1952-)
  • but what do you think my father says
  • missionary position (1)
  • poem for a guy whos thought about feminism
  • how long does it take to forget a murder
  • Here at the heart of the ravaged heart
  • Zone:
  • Dionne Brand (1953-)
  • No Language Is Neutral
  • From Thirsty:
  • XI
  • XII
  • XX
  • XXXI
  • Marilyn Dumont (1955-)
  • The Devils Language
  • The Sound of One Hand Drumming
  • monuments, cowboys & indians, tin cans, and red wagons
  • Erin Moure (1955-)
  • Certain Words, a Garden
  • Post-Modern Literature
  • Miss Chatelaine
  • The Beauty of Furs
  • The Beauty of Furs: A Site Glossary
  • Safety of the State
  • Erosion Theory Coil Theory Maintenance Device:
  • Jan Zwicky (1955-)
  • Language Is Hands
  • Last Steps
  • Driving Northwest
  • The Geology of Norway
  • Robinsons Crossing
  • John Barton (1957-)
  • Haro Strait
  • The Totems Permit Me Peace
  • Great Men
  • Stains
  • From a Journey Around the World
  • The Living Room
  • Plasma, Triangles of Silk
  • In the House of the Present
  • George Elliott Clarke (1960-)
  • From Whylah Falls
  • The River Pilgrim: A Letter
  • Four Guitars
  • From Execution Poems:
  • Reading Titus Andronicus in Three Mile Plains, N.S.
  • Language
  • IX/XI
  • Lisa Robertson (1961-)
  • From Debbie: An Epic
  • Friday
  • Wooden Houses
  • Tim Bowling (1964-)
  • Dying Scarlet
  • The Line
  • The Rhododendron
  • The Witness Ghost
  • Does the World Remember Us?
  • Memory
  • Gregory Scofield (1966-)
  • Conversation with the Poet
  • No Peace
  • Women Who Forgot the Taste of Limes
  • Karen Solie (1966-)
  • Signs Taken for Wonders
  • Sturgeon
  • A Treatise on the Evils of Modern Homeopathic Medicines
  • Cipher Stroke
  • Determinism
  • Love Song of the Unreliable Narrator
  • Ken Babstock (1970-)
  • Crab
  • The Expected
  • Head Injury Card
  • A Leave-Taking
  • Regenerative
  • Ataraxia
  • Palindromic
  • Credits
  • Index

Author Information

Robert Lecker

Robert Lecker is currently a professor at McGill University where his current research includes canonicity, literary history, readership and Contemporary Canadian fiction.