The Essential Kenneth Leslie by Zachariah WellsThe Essential Kenneth Leslie by Zachariah Wells

The Essential Kenneth Leslie

EditorZachariah Wells

Paperback | March 1, 2010

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Though barely remembered today, Kenneth Leslie was one of the most remarkable Canadians of the 20th century. An award-winning poet and an influential political activist in the U.S. during the 1930s and 40s, he lived with a rare, furious passion that found expression in everything from his writings to his turbulent personal life.

He was a farmer, a teacher, a preacher, a political activist, a journalist, a broadcaster, a composer, a restaurateur and a cab-driver. He was a dashing ladies' man and though he married four times, he had a need, as Burris Devanney has written, to `make grand, if not total commitments.' He was an international jetsetter who lived in P...
Title:The Essential Kenneth LeslieFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 8.75 × 5.6 × 0.27 inPublished:March 1, 2010Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889843287

ISBN - 13:9780889843288

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To My Father Drowned at Sea They said that days would doctor my great ill, would grow as good as new what grief had set; and so I waited while they worked their will; but twenty slow years had availed not yet to end the long drouth nor to quench the pain that scorched away the green blades of my sowing, sending but fickle gusts of teasing rain to sprout for withering what might be growing. This day the dry road has a phosphor gleam, the grassland flows to water for your child, your salty laughter breaks my sullen dream and all the world runs wet and deep and wild. You stood your trick on deck through my long sleeping, hands on the wheel, eyes to the weather keeping!

Table of Contents

Open Lading
New Song
By Stubborn Stars
The Preacher
Halibut Cove Harvest
The Hill Heart
The Word Had Need of Flesh
Cobweb College
Tea With the Professor
Harlem Preacher
The Candy Maker
Windward Rock
It Cannot Be Easy
Sorrow Must Sing
To My Father Drowned at Sea
Lowlands Low
Beauty Is Something You Can Weigh In Scales
Cape Breton Lullaby
Rory's Praise of Elspeth
Jesus Thought Long
The Old Man
Tasseled Thought
Early Summer Storm
Lir's Daughter
The Computer
Last Sleep
No Poem Is Ever Ended

Editorial Reviews

`When we come to the loveliest of our orthodox sonneteers, Kenneth Leslie, the battle for the Canadian voice is being fought, and he is winning it.'