A Steady Hand

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The Porcupine's Quill, 1982 - Poetry - 90 pages
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`Mike Doyle's collection A Steady Hand takes shape in dialogue with the texts of other poets and artists (for example, Anna Akhmatova, Max Ernst, Cesar Vellejo, W.S. Merwin), with diaries, journals, biographies, and pieces by and about painters -- particularly Klee. A Steady Hand tends to converse internationally. If that sounds very general, the particularity of this poet's community is that it is so literary/artistic; it is not easy to assign it any other sense (e.g., geographic) of community. One gets the strong sense of language itself being his home and native land.' --Laurel Boone, Canadian Literature


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Mike Doyle came to Canada in 1968 and made his home in Victoria, BC. As a writer he has continuing ties both with Canada and New Zealand. His earlier volumes of poetry include Earth Meditations (Coach House Press) and Stonedancer (Auckland University Press / Oxford University Press). In New Zealand he won two national poetry prizes and his other awards include a UNESCO International Writers' Fellowship. His poems have been published in Germany, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, USA, India, Ireland, Britain and Canada. From 1969 to 1974 he edited the poetry magazine Tuatara. In 1976, an issue of Ellipse featured his work (along with that of the Paris/Quebec poet Robert Marteau).

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