LCP50: DENNIS LEE

Our first #throwbackthursday of our 50th anniversary celebrations takes us back to pre-League times, with an anthology from 1956. We discovered First Flowering: a selection of prose and poetry by the youth of Canada on one of our bookshelves earlier this month, and we were excited to spot a poem from 16-year-old Dennis Lee in its pages! Dennis Lee was a member of the League in its earliest years, and present at the League’s first ever AGM. His book of poetry Civil Elegies, an “uncompromising exploration of citizenship, both Canadian and human”, was the winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in 1972. As well, Dennis Lee was appointed Toronto’s first Poet Laureate in 2001, serving in that position until 2004! So yes, we were over the moon to discover this little gem, “Free Verse” by Dennis Lee, from 1956.

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