"A Wild Peculiar "Joy is Irving Layton's poetic testament. Hailed as the great lyric poet, Irving Layton has come to be known as one of Canada's most powerful, groundbreaking voices, an important and influential writer whose distinguished career spanned almost forty-five years. By turns passionate and grave, joyous and apocalyptic, his beautifully crafted poems are illuminated by a strong social and political conscience, and an intensely humanistic view of the world. This is poetry that is timeless and universal. Drawn from his entire body of work, and now reissued in this handsomely redesigned volume, this edition includes a new introduction by Sam Solecki, and selected short excerpts from Irving Layton's writings on the craft of poetry. "A Wild Peculiar "Joy once again makes available to readers the poetry of Irving Layton and stands as the author's definitive selected.
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McClelland & Stewart
March 23, 2004
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Excerpt from A Wild Peculiar Joy by Irving Layton
THERE WERE NO SIGNS
By walking I found out
Where I was going.
By intensely hating, how to love.
By loving, whom and what to love.
By grieving, how to laugh from the belly.
Out of infirmity, I have built strength.
Out of untruth, truth.
From hypocrisy, I wove directness.
Almost now I know who I am.
Almost I have the boldness to be that man.
And I shall be where I started from.