Writing in Our Time: Canada's Radical Poetries in English (1957–2003)


290 pages
Contains Photos, Bibliography, Index
ISBN 0-88920-430-6
DDC C811'.540911




Reviewed by Bert Almon

Bert Almon is a professor of English at the University of Alberta. He is
the author of Calling Texas, Earth Prime, and Mind the Gap.


Pauline Butling and Susan Rudy have created a highly useful guide to the
study of Canadian experimental poetry. It is organized chronologically
and gives thorough coverage of trends, magazines, presses, and major
figures. A reader can look up any magazine or press of the period and
get a useful description. And some of the most important writers, like
Daphne Marlatt, Robert Kroetsch, and Lisa Robertson get their own
chapters. The footnotes are illuminating and the bibliography is 24
pages long. The authors have provided 21 illustrations. This is only
part of the story, of course, and the mainstream deserves a similar


Butling, Pauline, and Susan Rudy., “Writing in Our Time: Canada's Radical Poetries in English (1957–2003),” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 24, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/15807.