The Essential Charles Bruce
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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Biography 17 Words Are Never Enough
Islands 20 The Independent
Nova Scotia Fish
The Other Shore
Disapproving Woman 34 Early Morning Landing
Girls in the Parlour
Grey Ship Moving
Return and Introduction
Spirit of a Province
Back Road Farm
An Ear to the Ground
Orchards in the Woods
The Mulgrave Road
The Standing Woods
About Charles Bruce
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