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Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan
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Born in Hants Co., Nova Scotia, in 1933, Alden Nowlan moved to Hartland, New Brunswick, when he was nineteen, and worked on the Hartland Observer as reporter, editor, and general facilitator until he went to Saint John (and the Telegraph Journal) in 1963. In 1968 he was invited to take up the position of Writer-in-Residence at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. Alden Nowlan died on June 27th, 1983. Brian Bartlett has published many books of poetry and non-fiction, including The Watchmaker's Table, Ringing Here & There: A Nature Calendar, and Wanting the Day: Selected Poems. He teaches creative writing at Saint Mary's University in Halifax.

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"Nowlan, the most important twentieth century poet from the Maritimes, emerged from an early life of crushing rural poverty to publish some of the best work Canada has ever seen." - Lindsay Garbutt - Poetry magazine - 20171222
"On almost every page there is a reminder of the laconic poet's gift for defining small beauties of, and rueful observations about, the vast chaotic canvas of our reality. Some poems are guileless in their hardy, plain simplicity while others have such tangled emotions they remind you how great poets observe." - The Globe and Mail - 20171215
"Nowlan's work still lives, more than two decades after his death, and reminds people...how much he contributed to Canadian literature." - Robert Fulford - National Post - 20171010
"The Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan may be the most important book of poetry published in Canada this year." - Michael Dennis - Today's Book of Poetry - 20171118
"The bard of Atlantic Canada, Alden Nowlan created poetry that found beauty in quotidian moments and colloquial speech. [This collection] serves as a fitting tribute to the poet's legacy." - Quill & Quire - 20171201
"The publication of this book is an historic event in our literature. The collection is a life's work, and like the work of life, this writing wrestles with ancient forces that are pure and unchanging. Nobody else saw the world with Alden's kind of clarity and nobody else worked the language so hard -- trying to make it hold, or embrace, our shared experience with such furious tenderness. If you still think honesty is possible, if you worry sometimes about truth and the struggle for sincere connection, Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan will give you comfort." - Alexander MacLeod - 20170928
"Well over thirty years after his death, Alden Nowlan's poems are still hot-blooded -- living, breathing incantations that beat with the pulse of Eastern Canada. Imbued with what Brian Bartlett dubs "the illusion of speech," Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan brings together the work of a master craftsman, a writer whose rangy, conversational poems benefit from appearing where they emerged within his career arc. A definitive volume that consolidates Nowlan's standing in Canadian letters." - Jim Johnstone - 20190927

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