Spent the afternoon looking over Cameron Anstee's excellent poetry collection. The temptation to steal was overwhelming but as his fiance Jenn is a boxer I was able to come to my senses. There are few things quite so pleasurable to me as sitting in front of a bookcase full of Canadian Poetry and Cameron has amassed a beautiful collection of older material, current publications and small press rarities.
Monty Ried jumped off the shelf with beautiful book after beautiful book. Rob McLennan was well represented (an impressive array of books no matter how you look at it), Sandra Ridley, David O'Meara (including a early book I've never seen before - and now covet), Stephen Brockwell, Shane Rhoades, Pearl Pirie, Rob Winger, Bob Hogg - all appeared in volumes I hadn't seen before and now want.
It was one of those painful joys. Ottawa was well represented.
It is such a thrill to see so much Canadian poetry in one place.
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