The Signal Anthology | Contemporary Canadien Poetry | Gazelle Books

The Signal Anthology

Author: Michael Harris – ISBN: 1550650386 : 9781550650389 | Format: Paperback | Size: 155x230mm | Pages: 344 | Weight: .514 Kg. | Published: IPG (Véhicule Press) – January 1993 | Availability: In Print | Subjects: Poetry texts & anthologies

This exciting collection of contemporary Canadian poetry includes work by

Don Coles, Rhea Tregebov, Ann Diamond, Marie-Claire Blais, Peter Dale Scott, David Solway, Jan Conn, Robert Allen, Doug Beardsley, Arthur Clark, William Furey, Michel Garneau, Susan Glickman, Gerald Godin, Carla Hartsfield, Elisabeth Harvor, Charlotte Hussey, Ross Leckie, Laura Lush, Errol McDonald, Muhammad al-Maghut, Robert Melancon, John Reibetanz, Richard Sanger, Stephen Scobie, Ricardo Sternberg and George Ellenbogen.

On Susan Glickman: “One of the finest of the new generation of Canadian writers.” — Journal of Commonwealth Literature

On Charlotte Hussey: “A modern Maenad, a Dionysiac reveller for whom language is as much a means of intoxication as expression; a poet who understands her craft.” — Vancouver Sun

On Michael Harris: His “imagery is superb; his poems should be required reading for the hordes of poetasters churning out old clichés.” — Canadian Author and Bookman

From the Introduction of Signal Editions: Contemporary Canadian Poetry. Edited by Michael Harris

The poets in this anthology have all appeared in – or have manuscripts set to be published by – the Signal Editions poetry series of Véhicule Press inaugurated by Publisher Simon Dardick and myself in 1982. For ten years Signal has drawn to its imprint an eclectic array of extraordinarily interesting poets – some fine ‘new’ voices, some internationally well-regarded writers. The poets live in Victoria, Montreal, and in Boston, Gainesville, and Berkeley. A number of them come from elsewhere, or spend a lot of time in England, Venezuela, Greece, Japan, Lebanon, Brazil, and the United States. (It is not accidental that a small, but vital part of Signal’s publishing program is translation.) Perhaps the poets in this book – who have come from, or live in such a variety of places – are just the ones to look to, to begin to discover where at least part of this country’s rich and varied cultural future lies.

My impulse from the outset was to look for work that was of the highest rank in terms of craft and use of language. I wanted insight and revelation – clear evidence of life lived, and then caught and transformed – in work that stirred and exhilarated.

For Signal, to judge by what the first ten years have produced, the next decade looks very bright indeed. — Michael Harris, Montreal, August 1993


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