The Essential Dorothy Roberts

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The Porcupine's Quill, Mar 23, 2018 - Poetry - 64 pages
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Though she lived most of her adult life in the eastern United States, Roberts’s poetry is rooted in the sights and sounds of her native New Brunswick. Her work exhibits a keen intelligence as well as a tough-minded tenderness, echoing the power and beauty of her beloved Maritime Canadian landscape and communicating her longing for the waterways and forests of her homeland.

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

 

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Contents

Foreword Songs for Swift Feet 1927
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The Jungle
11
Outburst of
12
Dazzle
13
Cold
14
The Farm
15
Veranda Spinsters
16
A Dance with Peace
17
Bus into Night
22
Autumn Drive
23
The Gorge
24
House in the Past
25
Rain Builds
26
A Pattern
27
Now That My Father
28
Two Years
29

A Son Enters Forestry
18
Spokesman
19
Companions 20 Private
20
Early Morning
21
Before Marriage
30
Swimmer Returned
31
Sisters
32
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About the author (2018)

Dorothy Roberts (1906-1993) was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Despite an itinerant childhood and an adult life spent primarily in the United States, her poetry remained rooted in her native land. The daughter of Theodore Goodridge Roberts and niece of Charles G. D. Roberts, she was encouraged by her family early on to write poetry. When she was twenty-one her first poetry chapbook, Songs for Swift Feet, was published under the pen name Gostwick Roberts. After years of raising a family and publishing short stories, she went on to write six more volumes of poetry, often featuring themes of nature, memory and the passage of time, with an emphasis on feelings of alienation and exile from her native land. Roberts died in Pennsylvania, her home for several decades, but was buried in Fredericton near the river she had loved since childhood.

Brian Bartlett has published seven collections and six chapbooks of poetry. He has also edited several poetry books, including earlier volumes in the Essential Poets series—The Essential Robert Gibbs and The Essential James Reaney—and the Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan. His recent prose work includes a book of nature writing, Branches Over Ripples: A Waterside Journal (Gaspereau, 2017) and All Manner of Tackle: Prose on Poetry (Palimpsest, 2017). His work has garnered numerous honours, including the Atlantic Poetry Prize, two Malahat Review Long Poem Prizes, and the Acorn Plantos Award for People’s Poetry. Since 1990 Bartlett has taught Creative Writing and various fields of Literature at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

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