amongst books

amongst books

Monday, March 12, 2012

happy 100th, Mr. Layton
























Nail Polish (McClelland & Stewart, 1971)
"Dionysian Reveller" is only one of the many poems that made me a Layton fan & helped to take away my preconceived notion that poetry had to be fancy dancy remote & rarified. thank you, sir, for the poetry. "The air is sultry/So is my soul./The coffee is bitter./So are my thoughts." from Irving Layton: Love Poems, Mosaic Press, 2nd Printing 2002; "But the Furies clear a path for me to the worm/who sang for an hour in the throat of a robin,/and misled by the cries of young boys/I am again/a breathless swimmer in that dcold green element." from "A Wild Peculiar Joy, the Selected Poems" (McClelland & Stewart, new edition 2002)

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