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Irving Layton (1912–2006)

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Irving Layton was born in Romania in 1912; a year later he and his parents arrived in Montreal. Educated in the same city, he received his Bachelors of Scince in agriculture from Macdonald College and an M.A. in political economy from McGill University. Throughout his career Layton has been näytä lisää writer-in-residence at several Canadian universities. Easily the most controversial Canadian poet, he was professor of English at Toronto's York University, a post from which he retired in 1978. Layton's verse has been variously described as dazzling, vulgar, sexist, and hyperbolic, yet Layton has always redeemed himself by the integrity with which he approaches his craft. His poetry avoids sentimentality, often centering on decidedly unpoetic, mundane images. Layton is a self-proclaimed "public exhibitionist," and his frank, bawdy verse and antagonist persona have tended to alienate him from both intellectual circles and the general public. Layton has published 40 or so volumes of poetry, some with outrageous titles such as The Gucci Bag (1983), For My Brother Jesus (1976), and Droppings from Heaven (1979). Much of his work is in print, a testament to his continuing popularity, and supports his declaration that the "poet has a public function as a prophet." (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

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Tekijän teokset

A Wild Peculiar Joy (1982) 52 kappaletta
Poetry of mid-Century 1940-1960 (1964) — Avustaja — 34 kappaletta
Waiting for the Messiah: A memoir (1985) 27 kappaletta
Collected Poems (1965) 23 kappaletta
Love Poems of Irving Layton (1978) 16 kappaletta
Dance With Desire (1986) 14 kappaletta
For My Brother Jesus (1976) 13 kappaletta
A Red Carpet for the Sun (1959) 12 kappaletta
The covenant (1977) 11 kappaletta
Lovers and Lesser Men (1973) 10 kappaletta
The Shattered Plinths (1968) 8 kappaletta
Periods of the moon;: Poems (1967) 8 kappaletta
The Swinging Flesh (1961) 8 kappaletta
For my neighbours in hell (1980) 7 kappaletta
The Pole-Vaulter (1974) 7 kappaletta
The poems of Irving Layton (1977) 7 kappaletta
Fortunate Exile (1987) 7 kappaletta
Nail polish (1971) 7 kappaletta
The Improved Binoculars (1956) 6 kappaletta
The Tightrope Dancer (1978) 6 kappaletta
A spider danced a cosy jig (1984) 5 kappaletta
A Laughter in the Mind (1959) 4 kappaletta
Droppings from Heaven (1979) 4 kappaletta
Gucci Bag (1983) 4 kappaletta
Balls for a One-Armed Juggler (1963) 4 kappaletta
Europe and Other Bad News (1981) 3 kappaletta
The Bull Calf (1956) 3 kappaletta
CIV/n: A Literary Magazine of the 50's (1983) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Music on a Kazoo 2 kappaletta
The Long Pea-Shooter 2 kappaletta
The blue propeller 2 kappaletta
The Cold Green Element (1955) 2 kappaletta
Poemas de amor (1983) 1 kappale
52 pickup 76 — Avustaja — 1 kappale

Associated Works

Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Avustaja, eräät painokset930 kappaletta
Bad Trips (1991) — Avustaja — 233 kappaletta
Great Canadian Short Stories (1971) — Avustaja — 53 kappaletta
Canadian Short Stories (1960) — Avustaja — 45 kappaletta
One World of Literature (1992) — Avustaja — 24 kappaletta

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Fortunate exile is a collection of modern poetry by the Canadian poet Irving Layton. The poetry in this collection rips fresh tears in the memory of the holocaust. Although Layton lived in Canada, not quite in "exile" his anger at the treatment of Jewish people burst forth in a type of scar literature describing the fate of Jews during World War II.

A lot of literature, stories, poetry and memoirs appeared relatively late during the Twentieth Century, as it took Jewish people to recover from the profound trauma of the war, and European readership collectively repressed that awful period. However, as Layton lived overseas and observed from the side-line, he started publishing from as early as 1945, and, very productively had published more that 40 volumes, when Fortunate exile was published in 1987.

The poems are strong reminders of the holocaust, the pain and suffering of Jewish people.
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edwinbcn | Oct 25, 2015 |
Living as an expat in a "difficult" country such as China, one meets the weirdest people, and meeting new people, one of the first steps is assessing their normalcy, meanwhile gauging how "normal" I am perceived by them (yes, one does wonder whether one is slipping oneself). Now, quite a number of these weird people I happen to know, are great fans of poetry. Some of them stare you in the eye while reciting at length (and I mean really at length) from all sorts of poetry, while others throw poetry parties, where everyone has to show up in a wig, or some other thematic clothing apparel. Needless to say, I wouldn't go to such parties. Actually, I am no longer invited, as the hatred seems mutual.

Anyhow, poetry was spoiled for me in college. I loved reading poetry before going to university, and I hated it when I came out. Worst of all, of course, modern poetry, as I still feel dear about renaissance poets. Also, my dislike is mainly for Dutch, English and German modern poetry, while I can still enjoy French or Spanish poetry, but read very little of any.

I feel, my new interest in poetry is entirely attributable to Club Read 2011, yes folks, you have inspired me! I must admit that I have adopted a slightly different mode of reading, though. I am no longer trying to understand everything, but would rather read 10 poems relatively fast on an evening, and only ponder or rest my attention on the ones that strike a cord. A bit after the fashion of visiting a picture gallery: in my youth I would stand in front of each for the best part of half an hour trying to see everything, while now I walk through the gallery, until my view alights on a painting that either delights or troubles me, sufficiently to catch my attention. I think it is called "a mature way" of reading.

I also have the feeling that that is how Europe, and other bad news by the Canadian poet Irving Layton should be read. Layton (1912–2006) was an incredibly productive, and very successful poet, and I would not say this volume was very balanced. But, as a beginning reader of poetry, I should not criticise the structure or quality of the volume, but rather focus on the poems, perhaps.

The trouble with Europe in this volume, published in 1981, is the author's past, or rather Germany's past, in particular the holocaust. And who will be there to remind young, new readers of that horror, if older poetry is no longer read?


Who clubbed emaciated men to death

Who machine-gunned old men and women

Who all in the day's work
gassed thousands of humans
and afterwards walked thoughtfully home
to wife and children

Who smashed in the skulls of infants

and is now not a little pleased
with himself, having somehow survived
when so many others died
- so many better ones too

And would do it all over again
if only history offered the chance again
and your beastly arthritis
wasn't acting up
or the old pumper thumping so fast. Right?

Of course you would! Because, really,
life was never so dizzying as then.
How full of surprises each day was.
Though the sausages and good wines
have been plentiful, a glory
has departed from the world.
Dullness has come back again.

Let's be up front about this.
For the squashed and depleted
there's no greater happiness
than wiping out another mortal
or humiliating him. Little man,
at last you've made it into history.
In the constellation of human
possibilities, your place is more fixed
than that of Socrates or Christ

From here on you're the reality
by which everything must be weighed
and tested. Haven't you noticed?
Everyone lives as if Auschwitz never happened.

There are lighter, and similar pieces of poetry. Not all refer to the holocaust, but many do, as many of those, while apparently pointing to the past, point to similar events all around us, and, as we all know, to the future.

Not the kind of poetry to read at an expat dinner table, while all are looking stupid in a wig and a bra. Spoiling the fun, it would.
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