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A passionate believer in the power of art—and especially poetry—to influence and critique contemporary culture, Louis Dudek devoted much of his life to shaping the Canadian literary scene through his meditative and experimental poems as well as his work in publishing and teaching. All These Roads: The Poetry of Louis Dudek brings together thirty-five of Dudek’s poems written over the course of his sixty-year career.

Much of Dudek’s poetry is about the practice of art, with comment on the way the craft of poetry is mediated by such factors as university classes, public readings, reviews, commercial presses, and academic conferences. The poems in this selection—witty satires, short lyrics, and long sequences—reflect self-consciously on the relationship between art and life and will draw readers into the dramatic mid-century literary and cultural debates in which Dudek was an important participant.

Karis Shearer’s introduction provides an overview of Dudek’s prolific career as poet, professor, editor, publisher, and critic, and considers the ways in which Dudek’s functional poems help, both formally and thematically, to carry out the tasks associated with those roles. Comparing Dudek’s reception to that of NourbeSe Philip, Marilyn Dumont, and Roy Miki, Frank Davey’s afterword locates Dudek in a pre-1980s version of multiculturalism that is more complex than many critics would have it. According to Davey, Dudek broadened the limits on the possible range and type of poetry for subsequent generations of Canadian writers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-vii
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  1. Biographical Note
  2. pp. viii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xx
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  1. Part One: On Poetry and Profession
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Functional Poetry: A Proposal
  2. pp. 3-10
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  1. Theory of Art
  2. pp. 11-11
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  1. What we Profess
  2. pp. 12-12
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  1. Lesson
  2. pp. 13-13
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  1. It Is An Art
  2. pp. 14-14
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  1. Hellcats in Heaven (Report on the book Cerberus)
  2. pp. 15-15
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  1. Kingston Conference
  2. pp. 16-16
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  1. Poetry Reading
  2. pp. 17-17
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  1. Line and Form
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. “Europe” at Sea
  2. pp. 20-20
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  1. Poetry
  2. pp. 21-21
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  1. Advice to a Young Poet
  2. pp. 22-22
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  1. The Retired Professor
  2. pp. 23-23
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  1. Old Books
  2. pp. 24-24
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  1. Part Two: Dedications and Intertexts
  2. pp. 25-26
  1. For E.P.
  2. pp. 27-27
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  1. Kosmos: The Greek World
  2. pp. 28-28
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  1. Emily Dickinson
  2. pp. 29-29
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  1. James Reaney’s Dream Inside a Dream, or The Freudian Wish
  2. pp. 30-30
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  1. Irving Layton’s Poem in Early Spring
  2. pp. 31-31
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  1. Rich Man’s Paradise
  2. pp. 32-32
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  1. Quebec Religious Hospital
  2. pp. 33-33
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  1. Carman’s Last Home
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  1. Europe Without Baedeker But with Pound
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  1. Tar and Feathers
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  1. Reply to Envious Arthur
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. The Progress of Satire
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  1. The Demolitions
  2. pp. 41-42
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  1. A Note for Leonard Cohen
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  1. Tao
  2. pp. 44-44
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  1. For Ron Everson
  2. pp. 45-45
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  1. Proust
  2. pp. 46-46
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  1. Homosexuality
  2. pp. 47-47
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  1. For William Carlos Williams
  2. pp. 48-48
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  1. Part Three: Long Poems
  2. pp. 49-50
  1. from Europe (Fragment 95)
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  1. from En México
  2. pp. 52-56
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 57-62
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. 63-66
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781554581337
Related ISBN
9781554580392
MARC Record
OCLC
500909121
Pages
80
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Open Access
No
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