Wednesday, January 04, 2006

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Steve Roden said...

I remember being a high school student in Grade 13 in North Bay,ON. My english teacher asked us to pick a piece of prose and read it too the class. While others chose the Bard, I chose a piece from "The whole bloody bird".

I stood in front of the class, identified my author as Layton, and read aloud:" The time is better spent fucking a woman than trying to understand her". The class was amused, but needless to say, my teacher was not.

Although that was not one of Irving's best poems, I certainly appreciated the efforts of a man who defied the puritans among us.

Thanks Irving. You'll be missed.

7:53 PM  
Blogger DoctorBoogaloo said...

Oh, man. What a gift and a joy he was. As a high school kid in the 1960's, I lapped up 'A Red Carpet for the Sun'. And 'Love Where the Nights Are Long'. And all the rest... straight through university where I had the privilege of hearing him read and thunder, and encourage many young writers -- myself included.
One of my most treasured rejection slips ended this way: "You are too much influenced by Irving Layton for your own good."
Thank you, Irving. For giving me poetry.

8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is quite an article today (Jan.5) on thestar.com about Layton's life.

5:28 AM  
Blogger Kehoe said...

Catalyst
I wrote a poem for Irving Layton in 1974. I was profoundly affected by his poetry in "Red Carpet for the Sun" We exchanged letters. I will treasure them for ever.
Like first kisses
Redreamed wickedly forever
Your words diffuse
Like wine
Through my senses

Donne,Arnold--Layton
Tapping my shoulder
Turning me back across
Old bridges
Breathing life into one
Distended virgin breath
Spreading my lips
Into infinity Joan Kehoe

9:31 AM  
Anonymous OnStage said...

CBC Radio's OnStage marks Irving Layton's passing with a broadcast from the Words and Music series.

Sunday, January 8th, OnStage presents a repeat broadcast of our presentation on the life of Irving Layton: Irving Invectus, by Jason Sherman

Starring Kenneth Welsh, as Irving Layton
David Buchbinder, music director
Jason Sherman, writer
A poet, short-story writer and essayist, Irving Layton (1912-2006) is perhaps the most well-known of the Montreal poets who battled against romanticism in the 1940s. His "tell it like it is" style won him both enemies and worshippers, but Layton bestowed his love of words, sound, and life itself upon audiences and readers. Veteran actor Kenneth Welsh and Governor General's Award-winning playwright Jason Sherman illuminate Layton's legacy, along with music by David Buchbinder.
View the programme notes, biographies and photographs

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thank Irving Layton for teaching me that poetry is a living and lively creative act. I had occasion around the age of 14 or 15 to hear a live recording of Irving Layton at what I believe was a folk club called the Purple Onion Circa early 1960's) He recited many of both his classic and satiric poems. But recite is the wrong word. It was PERFORMANCE. He took the word off the page and delivered it to the audience. So it was due to that recording, I began a life long appreciation of poetry. We miss you Irving Layton, but your creative spirit lives on.

Carlo Lamberti
Oshawa, Ontario

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi again

One of the poems on the recording I referred to in my earlier comment was the poem describing a young hotcouple dancing. I just remmber that one great line

"Chip, Chip and a shake of the ass"

Carlo Lamberti
Oshawa, Ontario

11:36 AM  

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