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Language Acts

Language Acts: Anglo-Québec Poetry, 1976 to the 21st Century

Edited by Jason Camlot and Todd Swift


Language Acts brings together twenty provocative essays on the state of English-language poetry in Québec since 1976. Born and raised
during this historically resonant period of Trudeauism, organized Québecois nationalism, language legislation, and profound demographic and cultural change, Anglo-Québec poetry has come of age in the 21st century as a literature with its own distinct arguments about itself, and its own poetical acts in language. Language Acts features essays on many important, even canonical, figures such as Robert Allen, Anne Carson, Leonard Cohen, Louis Dudek, D.G. Jones, Irving Layton, Michael Harris, Erin Mouré, David McGimpsey, Robyn Sarah, and Peter Van Toorn, and on a wide range of poetry activities including those of the Véhicule Poets and the Montreal Spoken Word scene. This is the first critical collection of its kind to appear in over forty years and will set the terms used to discuss English language poetry in Québec for years to come.

Jason Camlot is the author of two collections of poetry, Attention All Typewriters and The Animal Library. His poems have appeared in New American Poetry, Queen Street Quarterly, and 100 Poets Against the War, among others. He teaches English Literature at Concordia University in Montreal.

Todd Swift is the author of three critically acclaimed poetry collections, Budavox, Café Alibi, and Rue du Regard. He is the editor of Poetry Nation, 100 Poets Against the War, and Babylon Burning. Since 2004, he has been the Oxfam GB Poet in Residence. Born in Montreal, Swift lives in London, England.


ISBN:  1-55065-225-7, 978-1-55065-225-3
Price: CDN $22.95
US $17.95
Illustrated: No Cover:  Trade Paper
Size: 5.5 x 8.5 No. of Pages: 276 In Print: No

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