Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets

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An unparalleled compilation of more than twenty-five innovative poets, selected from the dazzling panorama of contemporary Canadian verse.Included in this unparalleled collection are Christian Bök, Anne Carson, and Erin Mouré, whose experiments with genre have landed them international acclaim; Lisa Robertson and Ken Babstock, whose explorations of the pastoral and the sonnet, respectively, reach as far back into poetry’s history as they do into the future of those forms; George Elliot Clarke, whose striking ...

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Overview

An unparalleled compilation of more than twenty-five innovative poets, selected from the dazzling panorama of contemporary Canadian verse.Included in this unparalleled collection are Christian Bök, Anne Carson, and Erin Mouré, whose experiments with genre have landed them international acclaim; Lisa Robertson and Ken Babstock, whose explorations of the pastoral and the sonnet, respectively, reach as far back into poetry’s history as they do into the future of those forms; George Elliot Clarke, whose striking lyrics have been adapted for opera; and Tim Lilburn, Don McKay, and Jan Zwicky, who have reinvented some of poetry’s primordial components from the wilder fringes of the Canadian landscape.Along with Nicole Brossard, Dionne Brand, Christopher Dewdney, Susan Goyette, Dennis Lee, Daphne Marlatt, Michael Ondaantje, Fred Wah, and others, these poets have been carefully chosen to convey the exhilarating commotion and diversity of Canadian verse. For native readers, Open Field represents a handy selection of their country’s most vibrant writers, both established and emergent; for readers in the United States and elsewhere, it is the perfect introduction to the skill and daring ubiquitous in Canadian poetry today.

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Editorial Reviews

The Chronicle Herald [Halifax]
“Open Field gives us much to appreciate . . . . Kudos to Sina Queyras!”
Stephen Burt - The Yale Review
“This year's most important anthology.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892553143
  • Publisher: Persea Books
  • Publication date: 7/18/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 249
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sina Queyras is the author of three books of poems, Lemonhound, Slip and Teethmarks. She lives in Montreal and teaches at Concordia Unversity.

Molly Peacock is an acclaimed poet, essayist, and creative nonfiction writer. Her latest work of nonfiction is The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72. Her most recent collection of poems is The Second Blush. As President of the Poetry Society of America, Molly Peacock was one of the creators of New York's Poetry in Motion program; co-editing Poetry In Motion: One Hundred Poems from the Subways and Buses. She serves as a Faculty Mentor at the Spalding University Brief Residency MFA Program and is also the Series Editor of The Best Canadian Poetry in English.

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