Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Poetic Obituaries: "She was a woman of the deepest literary

sensibility and really very close to a kind of genius in poetry and in deep meditative thought upon the meaning and nature of poetry," he [Harold Bloom] said in an interview in which he recited several of her poems by heart. Bloom included her as one of only two Canadians--the other was Margaret Atwood--in American Women Poets and listed her 1981 collection, Poems Twice Told (a compilation of The Boatman and her 1974 volume Welcoming Disaster), in the brief Canadian section of his The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages.

Besides writing poetry, Macpherson put her meagre financial resources into publishing other poets.


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