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Six Toronto Poets

Various Artists
Six Toronto Poets

This collection of poetry features six poets living or working in Toronto, Canada, in the mid-1950s. As noted in poet Jay MacPherson’s introductory remarks, the poets represented in this recording do not constitute “a particular sub-group or tradition within … Canadian poetry, but a kind of cross-section of it.” The settings, themes, and approaches taken by the six are varied and resist easy categorization. Subjects range from memories of childhood, both real and imagined, to nature and reflections on Greek and Roman mythology. The text for all 63 poems is included in the liner notes.

Track Listing

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Cotton Mather W.W. Eustace Ross 0:46
102
Plunging Into W.W. Eustace Ross 0:37
103
The Walk W.W. Eustace Ross 0:33
104
The Saw Were Shrieking W.W. Eustace Ross 0:35
105
The Snake Trying W.W. Eustace Ross 0:32
106
Nox W.W. Eustace Ross 0:37
107
The Spring W.W. Eustace Ross 1:47
108
Catacombs W.W. Eustace Ross 0:22
109
Gerard De Nerval W.W. Eustace Ross 0:22
110
The Creek W.W. Eustace Ross 0:47
111
White Water Lilly W.W. Eustace Ross 1:12
112
Penelope Anne Wilkinson 0:38
113
Nature Be Damned Anne Wilkinson 3:24
114
In Praise of Burton Anne Wilkinson 3:29
115
Lens Anne Wilkinson 2:10
116
Noel Anne Wilkinson 1:01
117
Tigers Know from Birth Anne Wilkinson 0:50
118
The Pressure of Night Anne Wilkinson 0:49
119
The Urge Raymond Souster 0:31
120
The Six Quart Basket Raymond Souster 0:15
121
The Rainbow Raymond Souster 0:18
122
Downtown Corner News Stand Raymond Souster 1:04
123
Rebirth Raymond Souster 0:36
124
The Amusement Park Raymond Souster 1:06
125
The Sleeper Raymond Souster 0:24
126
The Creeper Along the House Wall Raymond Souster 0:38
127
The Top Hat Raymond Souster 0:26
128
The Quarry Raymond Souster 0:26
129
Flight of the Roller Coaster Raymond Souster 0:59
130
Bridge Over the Don Raymond Souster 0:53
131
Dark Angel Raymond Souster 0:26
132
The Seller of Roses Raymond Souster 0:47
133
The Full Gospel Mission Raymond Souster 0:26
134
The Swing Raymond Souster 0:25
135
The Child's Umbrella Raymond Souster 0:17
136
Happy Birthday Raymond Souster 0:16
137
Excerpt from work in progress Margaret Avison 3:34
138
Our Working Day May be Menaced Margaret Avison 3:02
139
Tennis Margaret Avison 0:54
140
Not the Sweet Cicely of Gerardes Herball Margaret Avison 1:56
141
The Crow James Reaney 0:35
142
The Heart and the Sun James Reaney 1:48
143
Dark Lagoon James Reaney 1:35
144
Klaxon James Reaney 1:01
145
The Beauty of Miss Beatty James Reaney 1:03
146
Lake Superior James Reaney 0:43
147
The Katzenjammer Kids James Reaney 1:15
148
Three Deadly Sins James Reaney 1:57
149
The Fisherman: a book of riddles Jay MacPherson 0:22
150
Storm Jay MacPherson 1:04
151
Sun and Moon Jay MacPherson 0:30
152
Whale Jay MacPherson 0:37
153
Coral Jay MacPherson 0:39
154
Mermaid Jay MacPherson 0:28
155
Lung-Fish Jay MacPherson 0:21
156
Egg Jay MacPherson 0:28
157
Mandrake Jay MacPherson 0:30
158
Phoenix Jay MacPherson 0:42
159
Abominable Snowman Jay MacPherson 0:54
160
Book Jay MacPherson 1:00
161
Retina Jay MacPherson 0:19
162
Reader Jay MacPherson 0:32
163
The Fisherman Jay MacPherson 1:14

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