Vis Vis: Field Notes on Poetry & Wilderness

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Gaspereau Press, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 108 pages

In Vis Vis, Don McKay charts a vision of poetics that keeps its feet on the ground and its eyes on the horizon. As one of Canada's leading poets, McKay has long been known for his passionate engagement with his natural surroundings. This book collects three essays on this relationship, together with new and previously published poems that further demonstrate these ideas. Using bushtits, baler twine, Heidegger and Levinas, McKay sets out to explore some of the almost unspeakable concepts driving the use of language particular to poets, and the arguably skewed relationship human beings have with their natural surroundings.

In a book the Globe & Mail calls "stylishly constructed" and "impeccably casual," one of Canada's best-loved writers offers his own sense of poetics.

Finalist for the 2002 Governor General's Award for Nonfiction.

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About the author (2001)

Don McKay was born in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada in 1942. He was educated at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Wales, where he earned received a PhD in 1971. He taught creative writing and English for 27 years at several universities including the University of Western Ontario and the University of New Brunswick. He is a poet, who has published over 10 collections of poetry including Long Sault, Lependu, Camber: Selected Poems, and Apparatus. He has won several awards including the Governor General's Award for Poetry in 1991 for Night Field and in 2000 for Another Gravity, the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry for Birding, or Desire, and the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for Strike/Slip. He was an editor and publisher with Brick Books.

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