Selected Poems

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House of Anansi, 1996 - Poetry - 173 pages
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"Alden Nowlan, one of Canada's finest and most influential poets, died in 1983. He leaves a rich legacy of poetry that is accessible yet profound. Nowlan fans and new readers alike will treasure this collection of the best of this important poet's work, carefully assembled by award-winning poets, editors, and critics Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane."
 

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Contents

Hens
3
All Down the Morning
4
Weakness
5
In the Hainesville Cemetery
6
After the First Frost
7
I Knew the Seasons Ere I Knew the Hours
8
Pussywillows in March
9
God Sour the Milk of the Knacking Wench
10
The Iconotrophic Instant
75
Canadian January Night
77
The Married Mans Poem
78
He Raids the Refrigerator and Reflects on Parenthood
79
Johnnies Poem
81
Cornflowers
82
Written While Waiting for Another Chest XRay
83
For Yukio Mishima
84

For Nicholas of All the Russias
11
Beginning
12
Aunt Jane
13
The Belled Deer
14
The Coat
15
Father
16
Baptism
17
The Fynch Cows
18
Warren Pryor
19
Georgie and Fenwick
20
Christ
22
Looking for Nancy
23
St John River
24
Party at Bannon Brook
25
Disguise
27
The Bull Moose
28
The Shack Dwellers
30
Stoney Ridge Dance Hall
31
The Grove Beyond the Barley
32
The Execution
33
The Drunken Poet
34
Daisies
35
Canadian Love Song
36
The Migrant Hand
37
I Icarus
38
Long Long Ago
39
And He Wept Aloud So That the Egyptians Heard It
40
Daughter of Zion
42
Britain Street
43
For Jean Vincent DAbbadie Baron StCastin
44
July 15
45
A Mugs Game
46
The Word
47
Days End
49
The Last Waltz
50
The Wickedness of Peter Shannon
51
In the Operating Room
52
Morning of the Third Operation
54
The Mysterious Naked Man
56
Hymn to Dionysus
57
Country Full of Christmas
58
Snapshot
59
The Mosherville Road
60
A Poem About Miracles
62
1915
63
A Black Plastic Button and a Yellow Yoyo
66
The First Stirring of the Beasts
67
An Exchange of Gifts
68
Chance Encounter
69
Why He Wanted to Abolish Capital Punishment
71
Mistaken Identity
72
Fair Warning
74
Old Town Revisited
86
They Go Off to Seek Their Fortunes
88
For My Grandchildren as Yet Unborn
90
He Takes His Leave
91
At a Distance He Observes an Unknown Girl Picking Flowers
93
The Palomino Stallion
95
The Social Workers Poem
96
The Old Gentleman
97
Unfinished Poem
99
Poem for Barbara and Lindsays Wedding
100
A Pinch or Two of Dust
102
The Rites of Manhood
103
The Jelly Bean Man
104
The Broadcasters Poem
106
The MiddleAged Man in the Supermarket
108
Full Circle
110
The Visitor
112
On the Barrens
114
Land and Sea
117
The Red Wool Shirt
118
What Colour Is Manitoba?
120
Its Good to Be Here
124
My Beard Once Lionheart Red
125
What Happened When He Went to the Store for Bread
127
A Pair of Pruning Shears
129
The Seasick Sailor and Others
131
A Night in 1938 and the Night After
132
There Is a Horrible Wing to the Hotel
134
He Visits the Shrine of a Saint
136
The Secretive Fishermen
138
Legacy
140
Im Simply Walking
142
He Reflects Upon His Own Stupidity
144
Great Things Have Happened
145
How Beautiful Art Thy Feet with Shoes
146
The Thief
148
Bobby Sands
150
He Sits Down on the Floor of a School for the Retarded
151
A Song to Be Whispered
154
You Cant Get There from Here
155
Two Visitors from Utah
156
19141918
159
Driving a Hard Bargain
161
Home from the Wars
163
He Attempts to Love His Neighbours
164
The Fox
166
My Fathers Body Was Found by Children
167
This Is What I Wanted to Sign Off With
168
The All Night Diner
169
Confession
170
The Fat Mans Poem
172
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Alden Nowlan was born January 25, 1933 at Windsor, Nova Scotia. Primarily self-educated, Nowlan worked as a newspaperman, and published poetry, plays, short stories, and novels. His poetry collection Bread, Wine and Saltwon the Governor's General award in 1967. Much of his work reflects his regional roots and an affection for the ordinary people. Nowlan was central in the Fredericton and Altlantic literary community and became writer-in-residence at University of New Brunswick in 1969. He died in Fredericton June 27, 1983.

Patrick Lane is one of Canada's pre-eminent poets, winner of numerous awards, including the Governor General's Award for Poetry, the Canadian Authors Association Award, the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence and three National Magazine Awards. His distinguished career spans forty-five years and twenty-four volumes of poetry as well as award-winning books of fiction and non-fiction.

Lorna Crozier is one of Canada's best-known poets. She lives near Victoria, B.C.

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