Monday, January 09, 2006

Legendary Bad-Boy Poet, Arts News Canada, Jan 9 06
From CBC Arts (originally posted on Monday, January 9, 2006)
Family and friends mourn maverick poet Layton

Legendary bad-boy poet Irving Layton was remembered in Montreal Sunday as a maverick genius by friends and family, who gathered to lay the 93-year-old to rest. Layton died Jan. 4 at a Montreal residence for seniors; he had been battling Alzheimer's for some time. The author of more than 40 books of poetry and essays is widely considered one of English Canada's pre-eminent poets. The various speakers remembered Layton as a flamboyant, audacious and one-of-a-kind great poet who transformed the Canadian literary landscape. Layton's daughter hopes his poetry will continue to be taught, studied and prized. "They ought to read [his poetry] because it shakes things up a lot more than other poets," said Samantha Bernstein. "He ought to be remembered for his love of life, I think, most of all for his tremendous joy in living. He loved to inspire people by his joy."

CBC Arts Posted on Monday, January 9, 2006


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