I haven't read enough of Cogswell's early work to say this is the twilight poetry of an old man, but in my opinion, little of the work in this volume would make it to press today.
I haven't read enough of Cogswell's early work to say this is the twilight poetry of an old man, but in my opinion, little of the work in this volume would make it to press today. Was it published because it was Fred Cogswell, or because tastes have changed so much in the past 15 years? The few strong pieces are scattered amidst a tedium of unimaginative, forced, formal verse.
Fred Cogswell CM (November 8, 1917 – June 20, 2004) was a Canadian poet. Born in East Centreville, New Brunswick he served overseas in the Canadian Army during the Second World War. A teacher at the age of sixteen, Cogswell gained a BA(Hons) and MA at the University of New Brunswick and received a PhD from Edinburgh University. He later became a professor of English at the University of New Brunswick, a position he held from 1952 to 1983.
THE FRED COGSWELL EXCELLENCE IN POETRY AWARD (Est 2014) Presented by the Royal City Literary Arts Society. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: Book must be bound as a book, not a chapbook Book length must be a minimum of 50 pages in length Selected poetry must be written in English by a single author Book must be original work by the author (translations will not be considered at this time) Original date of publication falls between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.
Michael Turner is a writer, critic and curator based in unceded Coast Salish territory. His books include Hard Core Logo (1993), The Pornographer’s Poem (1999), Fred Herzog: Vancouver Photographs (with Grant Arnold) (2007) and, most recently, 9x11 and other poems like Bird, Nine, x and Eleven (2018). A frequent collaborator, he has written scripts with Stan Douglas, poems with Geoffrey Farmer and songs with cub, Dream Warriors, Fishbone and Kinnie Starr.
Frederick William Cogswell, CM (November 8, 1917 - June 20, 2004) was a Canadian poet and academic. Cogswell was a significant contributor to the literature of Atlantic Canada.
As I See It, 1994, ISBN 0-88887-150-3. The Trouble With Light, 1996, Borealis Press, ISBN 0-88887-140-6.
Cogswell, Fred(erick William). Updated About encyclopedia. Ottawa, Borealis Press, 1993. As I See It. Ottawa, Borealis Press, 1994. Cogswell, Fred(erick William). President, Association of Canadian and Quebec Literatures and Atlantic Publishers Association, both 1978–80. Awards: Nuffield fellowship, 1959; Canada Council fellowship, 1966; Canadian-Scottish writing fellowship, University of Edinburgh, 1983–84; Aiden Nowlan Award for Literary Excellence, New Brunswick Legislature, 1995.
I suspect Mister Rogers himself would have approved of The Good Neighbor, and Rogers always maintained the highest of standards.
As I see it Fred Cogswell Borealis Press, 1994. 1. In praise of old music Fred Cogswell Fred Cogswell Borealis Press. As I see it Fred Cogswell Borealis Press.