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  1. 5 out of 5

    John

    Does anyone read the poetry of Irving Layton any more?  Or has he faded from the PopCanLit consciousness like Robertson Davies did within a year or two of his death?  Leonard Cohen is still filling the stadiums with his poetry, but will his words fall silent, ignored, when he shuffles off to the Tower of Song a final time?  Layton was, in his time, big like his friend and student Cohen is now.  If Leonard Cohen's poetry lies dusty in the future, it will be as much a sad tragedy as is what I thin Does anyone read the poetry of Irving Layton any more?  Or has he faded from the PopCanLit consciousness like Robertson Davies did within a year or two of his death?  Leonard Cohen is still filling the stadiums with his poetry, but will his words fall silent, ignored, when he shuffles off to the Tower of Song a final time?  Layton was, in his time, big like his friend and student Cohen is now.  If Leonard Cohen's poetry lies dusty in the future, it will be as much a sad tragedy as is what I think is current neglect of Irving Layton's brutally, beautifully flaying body of work. I've just finished reading Layton's 1965 Collected Poems, a big, manly, brutish, sensitive, bawdy, discomfiting, apocalyptic collection of 385 brilliant pieces of life.  If you know Cohen's work, reading Layton is like finding Cohen's rough-edged but admired older brother.  But the interest of Layton's poetry is it's own.  Layton should be read, admired, loathed and savoured for his poetry, not just for his mentorship of Canada's favourite old man poet rock star... read the rest of my brief reaction at http://wp.me/p2bqoo-hT

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    Shane Scott-Travis

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    Felicia

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    George Jones

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    uh8myzen

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    Darren Sharpe

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    dirty derk

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    Jordan

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    Joey Woolfardis

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    Patricia Library

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    Aaron Langford

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    eovan

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    Nick Seeger

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    Emma Ro

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    Poetaster

  31. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Vasut

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    Sean Walsh

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