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Edge: Essays, Reviews, Interviews

by Mary Dalton

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"Edge collects thirty years of essays and reviews by celebrated Newfoundland poet Mary Dalton. Driven by a need to reconfigure how the margin is seen in literature, culture and politics, Dalton explores the work of writers and artists who occupy an imaginative threshold or edge: from the dark visions of Samuel Beckett to the dialogue novels of I. Compton-Burnett, from the apocalyptic Boatman paintings of fellow artist Gerald Squires to the vernacular poetry of John Steffler. Also included are a substantial number of interviews which give a revealing glimpse into Dalton's own creative process. Showcasing a use of language as vivid, precise, and supple as that in Dalton's award-winning poetry, Edge not only reflects the range of a major Canadian poet's interests and influences but celebrates what she has called "people being grounded in their place, people knowing where they were, who they were, having a sense of connection to the land."--… (more)
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"Edge collects thirty years of essays and reviews by celebrated Newfoundland poet Mary Dalton. Driven by a need to reconfigure how the margin is seen in literature, culture and politics, Dalton explores the work of writers and artists who occupy an imaginative threshold or edge: from the dark visions of Samuel Beckett to the dialogue novels of I. Compton-Burnett, from the apocalyptic Boatman paintings of fellow artist Gerald Squires to the vernacular poetry of John Steffler. Also included are a substantial number of interviews which give a revealing glimpse into Dalton's own creative process. Showcasing a use of language as vivid, precise, and supple as that in Dalton's award-winning poetry, Edge not only reflects the range of a major Canadian poet's interests and influences but celebrates what she has called "people being grounded in their place, people knowing where they were, who they were, having a sense of connection to the land."--

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