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ECW Press Fall 2020 Trade

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    Distributor: Jaguar Book Group Availability: Available Expected Ship Date: Aug 11, 2020 On Sale Date: Sep 01, 2020 Carton Quantity: 10 $28.95 CAD
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Everybody’s Martyrology
By (author): Frank Davey
Frank Davey


ECW Press - Toronto



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Sep 01, 2020
$28.95 CAD


9in x 6 x 1.21 in | 1.7 lb

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584 pages
ECW Press
Literary studies: poetry and poets
  • Short Description
bpNichol’s The Martyrology is possibly Canada’s greatest long poem. Written over nine books, the poem weaves material from Nichol’s personal life alongside the stories of his created martyrs. Frank Davey was an editor at Coach House, and his exhaustive commentary is the authoritative critical take on the poem.

Everybody’s Martyrology provides commentary and analysis for almost every page of bpNichol’s meandering nine-volume lifelong poem, The Martyrology — a poetic pondering of the inevitable extinction of the human species. Taken together, it became one of the five longest canonical poems in English. Like Caroll Terrell’s A Companion to The Cantos of Ezra Pound or George Butterick’s A Guide to The Maximus Poems of Charles Olson, Everybody’s Martyrology will attract students seeking information about particular passages, scholars interested in coherent readings of the overall work, and poetry readers fascinated by the idiosyncrasies of individual volumes.

Davey brings to the book not only his own experience as a much-published poet and expert in Canadian avant-garde writers of the 1960–2000 period, but also his close friendship and collaborations with Nichol. Davey was often the first to hear a new passage of The Martyrology when Nichol dropped by his house to read and discuss it. He remembers.

Frank Davey was the managing editor and co-founder of TISH (1961–1963), the legendary poetry newsletter that began 1960s counterculture publishing in Vancouver. He has published two literary magazines and 46 books, most recently aka bpNichol, a biography, and Poems Suitable to Current Material Conditions. He lives in Strathroy, Ontario.

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