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Running Late marks the re-emergence of a truly unique and important voice in Canadian poetry, bringing together selected earlier works by Rolf Harvey along with a captivating set of new work. Harvey was a key member of the Canadian poetry scene in the 1960s and ‘70s. He studied under Irving Layton, Maurice Elliott, and D.E.S. Maxwell while working closely with Al Purdy, Ge Running Late marks the re-emergence of a truly unique and important voice in Canadian poetry, bringing together selected earlier works by Rolf Harvey along with a captivating set of new work. Harvey was a key member of the Canadian poetry scene in the 1960s and ‘70s. He studied under Irving Layton, Maurice Elliott, and D.E.S. Maxwell while working closely with Al Purdy, George Johnston and others. Harvey’s first collection of poems, The Perfect Suicide, was hailed as a “forceful, rhetorical and highly idiosyncratic collection” [John Bemrose, Toronto Star]. This was followed by Getting By and Out From Under, which was edited by Irving Layton. Harvey’s absence from the world of poetry since the mid-1980s owes much to his distinguished career in film and television. But now, with Running Late, new poems that are both personal and outward looking - calls from the Ontario back-country that everyone should hear.


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Running Late marks the re-emergence of a truly unique and important voice in Canadian poetry, bringing together selected earlier works by Rolf Harvey along with a captivating set of new work. Harvey was a key member of the Canadian poetry scene in the 1960s and ‘70s. He studied under Irving Layton, Maurice Elliott, and D.E.S. Maxwell while working closely with Al Purdy, Ge Running Late marks the re-emergence of a truly unique and important voice in Canadian poetry, bringing together selected earlier works by Rolf Harvey along with a captivating set of new work. Harvey was a key member of the Canadian poetry scene in the 1960s and ‘70s. He studied under Irving Layton, Maurice Elliott, and D.E.S. Maxwell while working closely with Al Purdy, George Johnston and others. Harvey’s first collection of poems, The Perfect Suicide, was hailed as a “forceful, rhetorical and highly idiosyncratic collection” [John Bemrose, Toronto Star]. This was followed by Getting By and Out From Under, which was edited by Irving Layton. Harvey’s absence from the world of poetry since the mid-1980s owes much to his distinguished career in film and television. But now, with Running Late, new poems that are both personal and outward looking - calls from the Ontario back-country that everyone should hear.

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