Thursday, January 05, 2006

A North Bay Memory

By S. Roden, North Bay, Ontario
January 5, 2006, 7:53 PM

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.


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