David Solway | Modern Marriage | Gazelle Books

Modern Marriage

Author: David Solway | ISBN: 0919890822 : 9780919890824 | Format: Paperback | Size: 155x230mm | Pages: 64 | Weight: .12 Kg. | Published: IPG (Véhicule Press) – January 1987 | Availability: In Print | Subjects: Poetry texts & anthologies

A series of lucid and engaging “postcard” sonnets

written as letters to the poet’s wife from temporary residences in Greence and in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Although David Solway makes Montreal his home, he lives in the Greek islands when he can; Modern Marriage is one of the results of his living in these two worlds.

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David Solway was born in Montréal in 1941. From McGill University he received both a BA in English and Philosophy in 1962, and a QMA in Philosophy in 1966. He took an MA in Creative Writing/English from Concordia University in 1988, an MA in Education from the Université de Sherbrooke in 1996 and a PhD in North American Studies from Lajos Kossuth University in Hungary in 1998. He first had work published in the early 1960s in the distinguished McGill Poetry Series and has since then won numerous awards and prizes for his work in both poetry and non-fiction, including Modern Marriage; Bedrock; Chess Pieces; Saracen Island: The Poetry of Andreas Karavis, The Lover’s Progress, Franklin’s Passage, which received Le Grand Prix du livre de Montréal in 2004 and Reaching for Clear, which won the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry in 2007. Among his prose publications, Education Lost won the QSPELL Prize for Nonfiction and Random Walks was a finalist for Le Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal. David Solway’s work has appeared in such journals as The Atlantic Monthly, Canadian Literature, Descant, Parnassus, Partisan Review, Saturday Night and The Sewanee Review.

While pursuing his literary career, David Solway worked as a lecturer in English Literature at McGill, a broadcaster and scriptwriter for the CBC in music and public affairs, and an English as a second language teacher in Crete. He has taught poetry at Dawson College and John Abbott College in Montreal and at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He was appointed writer-in-residence at Concordia University for 1999-2000 and is currently a contributing editor with Arts & Opinion and The Métropolitain. He was also an associate editor with Books in Canada from 2001 to 2008. He has translated the work of many Québec poets. David Solway has lived and traveled extensively in Greece and is currently residing in Hudson, Québec.

David Solway perceives his career grant as a means of transforming many of his varied tasks into feasible projects and to devoting himself to his work without the distraction of numerous parallel activities, “a freedom that I have, until now, only been able to dream about.”


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