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Wednesday’s Featured Poetry: South of North: Images of Canada by Richard Outram

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Wednesday’s Featured Poetry: South of North: Images of Canada by Richard Outram

A launch for South of North: Images of Canada will be held at the The Arts and Letters Club (14 Elm Street, Toronto) Tuesday, October 9 at 5:00pm

South of North: Images of Canada
by Richard Outram, with drawings by Thoreau MacDonald
Edited by Rosemary Kilbourn and Anne Corkett
Porcupine’s Quill, 2007
160 pages
$16.95

For this collection of uncommon plainsong, editors Rosemary Kilbourn and Anne Corkett have chosen poems and illustrations by a poet and an artist who both recognized that simplicity and restraint are among the most difficult of achievements in art.

In South of North Outram’s poems are quick, vividly immediate, instant of access. They are the visible, audible delights of a consummate poet’s empathy with an artist as passionately involved – as Richard was himself – with animals, country and the practical accomplishment of tasks. This volume, in words and pictures, portrays a landscape that is distinctly rural – a weather vane, dogwood in a marsh, the whitened skeleton of a vole in a fallow field. Tantramar Marsh, the Saugeen River and the horses of Bonavista. A summer storm building over Cobourg; the hefty bulk of a snapping turtle surfacing, trailing a rank ooze. Thirty-five illustrations in total.

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