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Poetry by Canadian Women by Rosemary…

Poetry by Canadian Women

by Rosemary Sullivan

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What I am struck by as I look at the list of poets included, is that it is possible to tell a nearly complete story of Canadian poetry without the men. It makes me proud to have been a part of a tradition that has such gender equality.
How can anyone tell the story of Canadian poetry without Susanna Moodie, Isabella Valancy Crawford, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Dorothy Livesay, Jay McPherson, or Margaret Atwood?
Compared to other traditions, such as the English or American traditions, who have to search frantically for more than a handful of Lady poets of great importance to lay claim to, Canada seems a haven of gender equality, although we know that is not the whole story.
I haven't read enough of this book to say for sure one way or the other, but it makes me very excited to go and find out.
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This text presents the work of over seventy writers. Spanning almost two centuries, it reveals a fascinating range of cultural backgrounds, temperaments, and styles. The historical perspective makes it possible to trace a remarkable evolution not only in the concerns that Canadian women have addressed in poetry, but also in the craft with which they have done so. Above all, this anthology acts as a reminder that behind the rich contemporary generation is a long cumulative tradition of women poets who have cleared the way.

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