The first Frank Scott Poetry Day



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Rear L-R: Donald Winkler, Helaine Kliger, Bill Thomas, Beryl Wajsman, Ehab Lotayef. Front row: Jack Locke, Sandra Sjollema, Ryan Ruddick. Missing: Julien Feldman. Photo: Mary Shingler

The first Frank Scott Poetry Day is over. The Aug 1, 2018 event was a wonderfully diverse affair with excellent local poets sharing selected works of Frank Scott, sharing their own work, and sharing reminiscences of Quebec’s most important man of letters. A crowd of about 30 persons filled the room at Centre Greene.

Arguably, Canada’s most important poet of the 20th century, Montreal’s Frank (F.R.) Scott was awarded the Governor-General’s award for poetry in 1981 (The Collected Poems of F.R. Scott) and was a mentor to many young poets including Irving Layton and Leonard Cohen.

“He was pivotal in bringing Canadian Poetry into the modern world. Moreover, he was poignant, witty, and critical of the Canadian establishment,” says Jack Locke, organizer of the event.

Marking the 119th anniversary of his birth, Frank was a poet, social democrat, professor of constitutional law, and civil rights advocate.

His poetry books include:
Overture. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1945.
Events and Signals. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1954.
The Eye of the Needle: Satire, Sorties, Sundries. Montreal: Contact Press, 1957.
Signature. Vancouver: Klanak Press, 1964.
Selected Poems. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1966.
Trouvailles: Poems from Prose. Montreal: Delta Canada, 1967.
The Dance is One. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1973.
The Collected Poems of F. R. Scott. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1981.



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