Dec 9, 2010
Richard Greene's Boxing the Compass recently won the Governor General's Award for English Poetry.
Here's how the jury saw it:
"Richard Greene’s Boxing the Compass leaves us feeling unmoored, adrift across time and voice. The matchless long poem at its heart pulls us back to our always-moving selves, on an always-moving earth. We follow him in his offbeat but strangely familiar travels."
Here's my review of the book in the Globe and Mail
Originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, now living in Cobourg, Ontario, Richard is not only a poet, he's also a biographer, critic and professor of English at the University of Toronto. He edited Graham Greene: A Life in Letters (2007) and has written a biography of British poet Edith Sitwell. Boxing the Compass is his third collection of poetry.