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Author Name:    CLEVER, Glenn NAUSE, John

Title:   Age of the Astronauts. First Edition

Publisher:    Bytown Press, Ottawa, 1971, 

Seller ID:   15641

CLEVER, Glenn. Age of the Astronauts. Ottawa : Bytown Press, (1971). First Edition. Pp [1]-57,(1). 8vo, card covers. A book of poetry. "Published as it is by a Canadian in the 1970s, the book is significant for other reasons.It rather deliberately avoids the regionalism that characterizes much Cana dian poetry. To say that Glenn Clever is a Canadian poet is to say that he is a poet who happens to be a Canadian. His writing scarcely displays the self-conscious concern with national identity or regional phenomena which marks the work of many Canadian contemporaries. This is neither a virtue nor a fault, but it is an interesting fact. Secondly, any young man who today aspires to great achievement as a poet might take a lesson from the prosody of Clever's poems, the majority of which reflect a rigid self-discipline inthe development of craft. His choice of traditional forms, such as the son net, of which there are ten, and the quatrain stanza of the 17th century lyricists, manifests a striving for classical precision. "Correctness," "precision," and "self-discipline" are not the popular terms they once were, butthe writer who wants to be a poet must embrace them if he is to attain his goal." - from the Introduction by John Nause. "Age of the Astronauts", "Th e Chinese Box", "Zombies", "Death", "Heart's Desire", "Destiny", "Triolet","Follow Your Heart", "Autumn Days", " Birds of Passage", "Prairie Crossroa ds", "True Love", "Longing", "Little One", "Premonition", " Illusion", "TheGolden Age", "Blue-Bells", "False Love", " Love's Logarithm", "Parting", " The Gift of the Fairies", "Memory", " Winter of Affection", "Embers", " Dusky Eyes", "The Dreamer", "The Suzerainne", "The Heart's Remembering", "The Recruit: November 11th", "Nothing of Regret", "Fear", "Futility", "Evening Prayers", "The Dream", "The Peace of Death", "Nignt-Fears", "Rain Call", "Passing Fancy", "Requiem", "The Sacrifice", "Casualty Lists", "Cease-Fire", "Life in Death", "Salute", and "The Peace that Passes Understanding". Lightrubbing, else very good. 20.00


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