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The Porcupine’s Quill Fall 2018/Winter 2019

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The Essential Charles Bruce
1st edition
By (author): Charles Bruce Selected by: Carmine Starnino
9780889844162 Paperback, Sewn English General Trade POETRY / Canadian / General Oct 15, 2018
$14.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.7 x 0.3 in | 120 gr 64 pages Porcupine's Quill
eLit Awards 2019, Runner-up

The Essential Charles Bruce explores the clear, direct verse and vernacular imagination of Maritime poet Charles Bruce, whose practical, no-nonsense lyrics audaciously eschewed the trappings of modernist poetry.

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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