A Lover's Quarrel: Essays and Reviews

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The Porcupine's Quill, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 265 pages
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Already an award-winning poet, Carmine Starnino has also made his mark as a literary critic of great pluck, probity and irreverence. His highly regarded, often highly controversial writings on poetry have enlivened -- and often enraged -- the Canadian literary scene since they first began appearing in the late 1990s. He has tackled the careers of some of this country's most notable poets (among them Irving Layton, Michael Ondaatje, Anne Carson, Tim Lilburn, Susan Musgrave, Christopher Dewdney) and done so in prose of great subtlety and style. Indeed, in Starnino's literary criticism seditiousness and insight are made to live inside sentences that always square their shoulders and draw themselves to their full verbal height. A Lover's Quarrel culls some of the highlights of Starnino's dissenting exploits, and includes the never-before-published title essay, an ambitious reassessment of Canadian poetry. For readers unfamiliar with Starnino's criticism, the release of A Lover's Quarrel furnishes the perfect opportunity to read one of the few critics in Canada who can speak his mind and speak it well.

 

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Contents

Introduction
11
A Lovers Quarrel
33
Canadian Poets Learn Your Trade Susan Ioannou
97
Get Tay Fuck Ootma Road Christopher Dewdney
105
The Other Outram
115
Vowel Movements Christian Bok
129
A Look at Charles Bruce
137
Divine Text or Lilburnian Typo?
147
Ecstasy Like an Irritant in the Blood Irving Layton
179
Didactic Simplicities Louis Dudek
191
The Colours of Abes Fancy A M Klein
197
CouchPotato Poet David McGimpsey
217
Deliberate Artfulness John Reibetanz
225
Giving Good Measure Ricardo Sternberg
231
The Power of the Pawn David Solway
239
Eight Short Views
247

Canadian Poetry as a Busted Flush
157
A SeaWitchs Shamanistic Glamour Susan Musgrave
173

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Carmine Starnino is the author of three collections of poems: The New World (which was nominated for the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award), Credo (winner of the C A A Jack Chalmers Poetry Award), and With English Subtitles. His reviews and essays have appeared in a wide range of newspapers, magazines and literary journals, including the Globe and Mail, the Montreal Gazette, Matrix, Arc and The Montreal Revie

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