The Essential Charles Bruce

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The Porcupine's Quill, Nov 6, 2018 - Poetry - 64 pages
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The poetry of Charles Bruce resonates with the sights and sounds of the Maritimes. Unlike the modernist poets of his time, Bruce embraced rural settings, tactile imagery, structural simplicity and direct language.

The Essential Charles Bruce introduces the poet’s work, long out of print, to modern audiences with a selection of his straightforward yet stirring verses that take as their subject the workaday existence along the shores of Nova Scotia’s Channel Shore. Populated by farmers and fisherman and taking place among bucolic cliffsides and beaches, his poems capture modest moments of everyday life and retain the subtly musical cadences of the regional dialect.

The Essential Poets Series presents the works of Canada’s most celebrated poets in a package that is beautiful, accessible and affordable. The Essential Charles Bruce is the eighteenth volume in the increasingly popular series.
 

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Contents

Foreword
7
Biography 17 Words Are Never Enough
17
Islands 20 The Independent
20
Wave
21
Nova Scotia Fish
22
Tidewater Morning
23
Eastern Shore
24
The Other Shore
25
Disapproving Woman 34 Early Morning Landing
34
Girls in the Parlour
35
Grey Ship Moving
36
Train Window
45
Late Marriage
46
Tidehead
47
Return and Introduction
48
Spirit of a Province
49

Immediates
26
Back Road Farm
27
An Ear to the Ground
28
Windy
29
Orchards in the Woods
30
The Mulgrave Road
31
Coast Farm
33
The Standing Woods
50
Upstairs Room
59
Afterword
60
About Charles Bruce
62
Bibliography
63
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About the author (2018)

Charles Bruce was born in May of 1906 in Port Shoreham, Nova Scotia. He spent many years as a journalist, including a stint as a war correspondent during World War II. In addition to his prose work, he published six poetry collections characterized by their straightforward use of language and imagery, and by their focus on the sights and sounds of Nova Scotia’s Channel Shore. In 1951, he earned a Governor General’s Award for his collection of poetry, The Mulgrave Road. Charles Bruce died in 1971 in Toronto, Ontario.


Carmine Starnino has published five volumes of poetry, including This Way Out (2013), which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award. His most recent collection is Leviathan (2016). Among his awards are the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize, the Canadian Author’s Association Prize for Poetry, and the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. Starnino is the editor of The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry (2005), and his critical writings have been collected in two books: A Lover’s Quarrel: Essays and Reviews (2004) and Lazy Bastardism: Reviews and Essays on Canadian Poetry (2012). He lives in Toronto, where he is deputy editor for The Walrus magazine.

 

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