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Alden Nowlan Selected Poems

by Alden Nowlan
volume editor Patrick Lane & Lorna Crozier

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canadian
list price: $19.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook Paperback
category: Poetry
published: 1996
ISBN:9780887845734
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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, and that speaks to people's lives with wry observation and keen insight. For Nowlan fans and new readers alike, award-winning poets, editors, and critics Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane help to re-view and recontextualize Nowlan's place in twentieth-century Canadian poetry with Alden Nowlan: Selected Poems. Lane and Crozier's choices reflect the recurring themes that illuminate Nowlan's work. This new volume is truly the best of Alden Nowlan's poetry, and above all is a tribute to a poet who deserves to be treasured for all time.

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Contributor notes

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 Salt won 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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Alden Nowlan

Alden Nowlan was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, in 1933. Though he was largely self-taught, he was a prolific writer who published poetry, plays, short stories, and novels. He received a Governor General's Award in 1967 for Bread, Wine and Salt (1967), and in the same year won a Guggenheim Fellowship. He became the writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick in 1969, a position he held until his death in 1983.
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Patrick Lane

Patrick Lane, considered by most writers and critics to be one of Canada's finest poets, was born in 1939 in Nelson, BC. He grew up in the in the Kootenay and Okanagan regions of the BC Interior, primarily in Vernon. He came to Vancouver and co-founded a small press, Very Stone House with bill bissett and Seymour Mayne. He then drifted extensively throughout North and South America. He has worked at a variety of jobs from labourer to industrial accountant, but much of his life has been spent as a poet, having produced twenty-four books of poetry to date. He is also the father of five children and grandfather of nine. He has won nearly every literary prize in Canada, from the Governor General's Award to the Canadian Authors Association Award to the Dorothy Livesay Prize. In 2014, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada, an honour that recognizes a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree. His poetry and fiction have been widely anthologized and have been translated into many languages. Lane now makes his home in Victoria, BC, with his companion, the poet Lorna Crozier.

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Lorna Crozier

Lorna Crozier has received numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Award, for her fifteen books of poetry, which include The Blue Hour of the Day, What the Living Won’t Let Go, Everything Arrives at the Light, and Inventing the Hawk. She is also the author of the memoir Small Beneath the Sky and the editor of several anthologies. She lives in Saanich, British Columbia.
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