The Essential John Glassco

John Glassco. things: 'His birthday, Christmas and New Year's Eve.' The Glassco who critic Philip Lanthier claims was 'wracked by the terrors of having lost his way in life'. As it happens, this fellow is fairly easy to find: his poems ...

The Essential John Glassco

Author: John Glassco

Publisher: The Porcupine's Quill

ISBN: 0889844429

Page: 64

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Despite his reputation as Canada’s dandy-poet and his approach to writing as ‘a challenge best overcome by panache’, John Glassco’s poems demonstrate a seemingly incongruous preoccupation with rural life and an intense interest in decline, dilapidation and despair. Plagued by chronic self-doubt and the fear of wasting literary effort, Glassco explored, through his poems, ‘graveyards minding their business’, buildings ‘long in standing, longer still in falling’, and the toil of ‘hope battered into habit, and a habit / Running to weariness’. The result is a selection of work that features syntactic daring, a somewhat anachronistic pleasure in constructedness and a compulsion to turn feelings of unsuitability into art. The Essential Poets Series presents the works of Canada’s most celebrated poets in a package that is beautiful, accessible and affordable. The Essential John Glassco is the twenty-third volume in the increasingly popular series.

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