Publisher description for A lover's quarrel : essays and reviews / Carmine Starnino.
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Already an award-winning poet, Carmine Starnino has
also made his mark as a literary critic of great
pluck, probity and irreverence. His highly regarded,
often highly controversial writings on poetry have
enlivened -- and often enraged -- the Canadian
literary scene since they first began appearing in the
late 1990s. He has tackled the careers of some of this
country's most notable poets (among them Irving
Layton, Michael Ondaatje, Anne Carson, Tim Lilburn,
Susan Musgrave, Christopher Dewdney) and done so in
prose of great subtlety and style. Indeed, in
Starnino's literary criticism seditiousness and
insight are made to live inside sentences that always
square their shoulders and draw themselves to their
full verbal height. A Lover's Quarrel culls some of
the highlights of Starnino's dissenting exploits, and
includes the never-before-published title essay, an
ambitious reassessment of Canadian poetry. For
readers unfamiliar with Starnino's criticism, the
release of A Lover's Quarrel furnishes
the perfect opportunity to read one of the few critics
in Canada who can speak his mind and speak it well.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Canadian poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Canadian poetry -- 20th century -- Book reviews.