Where the Words Come From: Canadian Poets in Conversation by Tim BowlingWhere the Words Come From: Canadian Poets in Conversation by Tim Bowling

Where the Words Come From: Canadian Poets in Conversation

EditorTim Bowling

Paperback | March 1, 2002

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In April, 2000, when the celebrated Canadian poet Al Purdy died, Alberta writer Tim Bowling decided that the best way to pay homage to Purdy would be to devote an entire book to the many fine poets still living and writing in Canada. Where the Words Come From is a comprehensive collection of eighteen interviews, in each of which a younger, less widely known poet questions an older, more established peer on a wide range of issues related to what Chaucer called "the craft so long to learn." Why does a person become a poet? Where do the ideas for poems originate? How do poets feel about such matters as publication, reviews and prizes? What influences and interests drive a poet's creativity? And what value does poetry have for the individual and for the community at large?

Poets are rarely given such an opportunity to discuss what matters to them most in their art, and this alone makes Where the Words Come From an important contribution to Canadian culture. But, in addition, the bringing together of generations, from poets in their late twenties to those in their mid eighties, and including all the decades in between, makes this gathering of voices a unique representation of the past, present, and future of poetry in Canada.

Among the poets interviewed are many of the most honoured who have ever published in this country: P.K. Page, Margaret Avison, Phyllis Webb, Don Coles, Don McKay, Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje and Patrick Lane. And the poets asking the questions form the nucleus of Canada's poetry future, including Stephanie Bolster, Carmine Starnino, Ken Babstock, Helen Humphreys, David O'Meara and Julie Bruck.

A highly readable treasure trove of talk and insight for affirmed fans of Canadian poetry, as well as for anyone interested in learning more about this most intriguing of art forms, Where the Words Come From celebrates over a half-century of wonderful writing while it looks ahead to a future that promises continued excitement and excellence.
Tim Bowling has published numerous poetry collections, including Low Water Slack; Dying Scarlet (winner of the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry); Darkness and Silence (winner of the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry); The Witness Ghost and The Memory Orchard (both nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award);...
Title:Where the Words Come From: Canadian Poets in ConversationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:March 1, 2002Publisher:Nightwood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889711844

ISBN - 13:9780889711846

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Table of Contents

Margaret Atwood - Norm Sacuta
Margaret Avison - Sally Ito
Roo Borson - Julie Bruck
Don Coles - Stephanie Bolster
Lorna Crozier - Elizabeth Philips
Don Domanski - Sherry Johnson
Patrick Lane - Russell Thornton
Dennis Lee - Brian Bartlett
Tim Lilburn - Shawna Lemay
Don McKay - Ken Babstock
Michael Ondaatje - David O'Meara
Eric Ormsby - Carmine Starnino
P.K. Page - Christine Wiesenthal
Sharon Thesen - Helen Humphreys
Miriam Waddington - Barbara Nickel
Phyllis Webb - Jay Ruzesky
Jan Zwicky - Anne Simpson

Editorial Reviews

"An important book, not just for Canadian poets and poetry readers, but particularly for students and studies (both historical and critical) of Canadian literature; there aren't enough such collections."
-Geoffrey Cook, The Danforth Review