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Description - Going Top Shelf by Michael P. J. Kennedy

Going Top Shelf brings together for the first time in one collection some of Canada's best hockey poems and song lyrics. Included are works by such outstanding Canadian poets as Michael Ondaatje, Al Purdy, Margaret Avison, Don Gutteridge and Lorna Crozier. And for music lovers with a taste for contemporary Canadian music, this entertaining collection includes lyrics by The Tragically Hip, The Rheostatics, Kathleen Edwards, Stompin' Tom Connors, and others. Going Top Shelf represents a cross-section of Canada 's poets and composers, ranging from 19th-century romantic poet Sir Charles G.C. Roberts to contemporary pop songstress Jane Siberry. Altogether, more than 30 authors and songwriters from across Canada reflect an intriguing diversity of forms and literary expression. Yet in all the poems, ice--or the sport played to extensively in Canada upon it--is used to express the ideas, beliefs and attitudes of this diverse group of Canadian authors. For the poetry scholar, for the lover of good music, for the hockey fan, this is a collection to be enjoyed. Indeed, Going Top Shelf represents a literary "top shelf" of hockey poetry without equal.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781894384995
ISBN-10: 1894384997
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 6mm)
Pages: 112
Imprint: Heritage House Publishing Co Ltd
Publisher: Heritage House Publishing Co Ltd
Publish Date: 1-May-2005
Country of Publication: Canada

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Author Biography - Michael P. J. Kennedy

Michael P.J. Kennedy was born in 1947. He has a BA in English with a minor in education, an MA in Anglo-Irish literature and a PhD in Canadian literature. He has taught at the University of Ottawa, Concordia University in Montreal, the University of Regina and is currently at the University of Saskatchewan. His University of Saskatchewan class "Reading Culture: Hockey in Canadian Literature," initiated in 2002, has received national recognition. A freelance sportswriter since 1979, Michael had a college sports column in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix for 10 years. His publications include hundreds of scholarly, general-interest and sports articles and others dealing with Inuit literature, Canadian studies, railroads and hockey. Michael lives in Vanscoy, Saskatchewan.