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Putting ‘place’ in poetry

Putting ‘place’ in poetry

Manitoba poet Dennis Cooley will read at the Arts Centre in Sechelt at 8pm on Saturday, March 11. Cooley brings us that other West, and at a time of globalization of Canadian literature, his conviction that place is a vital part of who we are shows in the vivid and sensitive way his poetry presents the prairie land and its people. It is also enlivened by Cooley’s delight in language, in word play and verbal wit, and in often playful experimentation in language and form.

Cooley has long been a prominent figure in prairie literature as poet, scholar, teacher and editor, including as co-founder of Turnstone Press. His work has been recognized with awards, including lifetime achievement awards from the League of Canadian Poets and the Manitoba Writers’s Guild.

Dennis has promised to read from “The Bentleys”, a poetry collection that clearly evokes Sinclair Ross’s classic novel, and from “Irene”, his elegiac tribute to his mother. He will also preview an unpublished volume, “The Bestiary”, due out this fall.

Admission is by donation, courtesy of the Canada Council and the Sunshine Coast Arts Council.    Submitted

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