radiant danse uv being: A Poetic Portrait Of Bill Bissett by Jeff Pewradiant danse uv being: A Poetic Portrait Of Bill Bissett by Jeff Pew

radiant danse uv being: A Poetic Portrait Of Bill Bissett

EditorJeff Pew, Stephen Roxborough

Paperback | March 15, 2006

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"bill bissett is my astral twin."
--Margaret Atwood

Many of Canada's most renowned poets salute a national treasure in this poetic tribute to bill bissett. bissett has been a landmark on the Canadian literary scene since the 1960s, renowned as much for his fascinating life as for his poetics. He is best known for his anti-conventional poetry, which makes use of phonetic spelling and visual elements, and for his performances of concrete sound, chanting, and dancing during poetry readings. bissett is also the founder of blewointment press (now Nightwood Editions).

Throughout his life, bissett has attracted a host of admirers--and not just from the counterculture movement. Poets of all styles are fans of his work, including Margaret Atwood, George Bowering, Di Brandt, Leonard Cohen, Lorna Crozier, Patrick Lane, bp Nichol, Steve McCaffery, Jay MillAr, PK Page, and Darren Wershler-Henry. No Canadian poet has gained a wider acceptance in the various poetic "schools" than bissett. His work transcends boundaries, appealing to those whose tastes run toward the traditional and to the more avant-garde. Now, for the first time, this diverse group of more than 80 poets comes together in one book to celebrate bissett's life and work.

radiant danse uv being is an essential text for anyone interested in the work of bill bissett--and in Canadian literature itself.
Jeff Pew (pictured left with bill bissett and Stephen Roxborough) is co-founder of "Poetry on the Rocks," an annual celebration of spoken word in the East Kootenays. He works as a creative writing teacher and counsellor to teens. Most recently, he was one of the winners of Maisonneuve Magazine's Castaways Writing Contest (2007). He liv...
Title:radiant danse uv being: A Poetic Portrait Of Bill BissettFormat:PaperbackDimensions:172 pages, 9.5 × 8.5 × 0.5 inPublished:March 15, 2006Publisher:Nightwood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889712107

ISBN - 13:9780889712102

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from blissett bill this is a wonderful portrait of Canada's most enduring poet. what a tribute canadian poets have bestowed upon him. well deserving.
Date published: 2006-03-14

Editorial Reviews

The writers [of radiant danse uv being]... all share an immense affection for the man who, as Christian B�k so aptly points out: "has misspelled his way so deeply into the hearts of readers everywhere..." The poetic tributes, along with their accompanying anecdotes (appearing at the back of the book), allow readers to gain a deeper understanding of bissett's life and work, along with his influence on contemporary Canadian poetics."radiant danse uv being, with its impressive array of writing, all linked by a common theme, is proof of bissett's far-reaching influence. When originally presented with the idea by the book's editors, bissett was humbled, and didn't think there would be "enuff around abt my work or me 2 make a book" (11) Of course, there was, and not surprisingly, this portrait of a poet noted for being so generous in spirit, goes on to offer more, that is, a revealing look into one of the most innovative and prevalent movements in Canadian poetry.--Maria Scala, Poetryreviews.caTo read the full review, visit Poetryreviews.ca