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date: 23 July 2019

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Since 1960, poetry written and published in Canada has been touched by fierce debates about poetry’s position in cultural politics, including its potential to refuse easy consumption of the lyric, to resist frameworks produced and supported by the nation-state, and to investigate the possibilities of a public poetics. In the spirit of considering a broader and more flexible matrix than a narrative of a national literature, this chapter considers a rhizomatic proliferation of poetic production—through the works of Al Purdy, Eli Mandel, bpNichol, Dennis Lee, Dionne Brand, Erín Moure, and derek beaulieu—as an anti-genealogy that resists completion or reduction and tends instead toward a productive and vibrant micropolitics of public connection.

Keywords: Canada, poetry, Al Purdy, bpNichol, Dennis Lee, Erín Moure, Dionne Brand, derek beaulieu, Eli Mandel, experimental poetry

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