Montreal Anglo Poetry Scene

The 9th Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival will soon be upon us on April 25-April 29, 2007. I won't be able to attend but if you are in town, you'll be able to see the likes of Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Atwood, and a whole slew of Canadian and international literary figures. I'm especially interested in the book launch of Language Acts: Anglo-Quebec Poetry 1976 to the 21st Century, edited by Jason Camlot and Todd Swift.

Montreal dominated the Canadian poetry scene in the 1920s-1960s with accomplished poets like, A.M. Klein, Louis Dudek, Irving Layton, P.K. Page, and Leonard Cohen, paving the way. These days, Montreal still has a thriving English-language poetry scene and Swift and Camlot have put together an impressive array of essays celebrating the city's accomplishments over the past 30 years, including essays on many important figures, such as, Anne Carson, Leonard Cohen, Irving Layton, David McGimpsey, Robert Allen, Erin Mouré, and on the Montreal Spoken Word scene.

Read an article on Language Acts in the Montreal Gazette.

To view the Contents Page of Language Acts click here.

To view the Index click here.

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