Thursday, December 20, 2007

Essential George Johnston

Besides being an accomplished poet in her right, Montrealer Robyn Sarah has spent a great deal of her time and energy educating about poetry (as a teacher, essayist and newspaper columnist) and bringing unheralded poets to wider attention. A little while back she introduced me to the American poet Robert Sward. Now she is championing Canadian George Johnston who died in 2004 with a new edited book The Essential George Johnston. Subtlety, understatement and impeccable craft are the hallmarks of Johnston's work (also Sward's and Sarah's own work.) Zach Wells offers a whole bunch of useful links on his post about Johnston.

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