Sharon Thesen

Best Isn’t a Beauty Contest: How Canadian Poets Demand More of Verse

No one in the class could say exactly. Writing that rhymes? A descriptive passage that seems to talk about one thing while actually meaning something completely different? A very very very short story that uses a lot of similes? The late Don Summerhayes, my first poetry workshop instructor at York University, had asked us to explain what poetry is.

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My Education as a Poet

Where affliction conquers us with brute force, beauty sneaks in and topples the empire of the self from within. —Simone Weil (Dad, I dreamed about you last night. Mom showed me your stiff hand open at the top of the …

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