"A society without poetry and the other arts would have broken its mirror and cut out its heart." - Margaret Atwood
So boldly insists one of our greatest writers in Measures of Astonishment, a refreshing and eclectic mix of deeply personal and formal essays that offer a glimpse into the minds of some of Canada's most influential poets.
In addition to Atwood, the contributors to this volume include a who's who of the country's literary elite: Anne Carson, George Elliott Clarke, Anne Simpson, Tim Lilburn, A.F. Moritz, Marilyn Bowering, Mark Abley, Glen Sorestad, Robert Currie, Don McKay, Lillian Allen and Gregory Scofield.
Measures of Astonishment shines a northern light on poetry, offering unique perspectives as to what it is, what it does, and why it matters.
Table of Contents
Dymphny Dronyk, President, League of Canadian Poets
“Poetry’s Practice of Philosophy” 2002
“Every Exit is an Entrance (A Praise of Sleep)” 2004
“Frederick Ward: Writing as Jazz” 2005
George Elliott Clarke
“Why Poetry?” 2006
“The Angel of the Big Muddy” 2007
“Ediocaran and Anthropocene—poetry as a reader of deep time” 2008
“Re-Discovering Ancient Springs: a consideration of metaphorical space” 2009
“Poetry and Community” 2010
“Pristine and Startled: Ways of Seeing” 2011
“Coming (back) to Poetry” 2012
“A Garden Is Not a Place: Poetry and Beauty” 2013
A. F. Moritz
"Black Voice: Context and Subtext" 2014
"Conversation with the Poet / Who didn't know my aunty" 2015
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Measures of astonishment : poets on poetry / presented by the League
Most of the essays in this volume were previously presented as lectures as
part of the Anne Szumigalski lecture series.
Includes bibliographical references.
Issued in print and electronic formats.
ISBN 978-0-88977-371-4 (pbk.).--ISBN 978-0-88977-373-8 (html).--
ISBN 978-0-88977-372-1 (pdf)
1. Canadian poetry (English)--21st century--History and criticism.
I. Lilburn, Tim, 1950- . Poetry’s practice of philosophy. II. League of
Canadian Poets, editor
PS8155.1.M42 2015 C811'.609 C2015-901671-1 C2015-901672-X