Thursday, January 05, 2006

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6 Comments:

Blogger torontopearl said...

I was saddened to hear of his passing, as I'd met him several times, spoke with him about his writing and mine, was moved by his public readings and his discussions with audience members.

A real character was he and I was most pleased to have made his acquaintance.

He inspired several of my poems back in the early eighties, and one of them was published a few years ago.

Yesterday I blogged about the late, great Irving. Here is the link:

http://wwwpearliesofwisdom.blogspot.com/2006/01/rest-in-peace-oiving.html

10:22 AM  
Blogger boyboy said...

I had the great joy of being a student of Irving's up at York University in the 1970's. He taught us poetry and I remember him very well. I recall that he told us that many years hence, almost no one in the room in front of him (a large lecture hall) would be reading poetry on a regular basis. He was right of course. I still read and write poetry and I cannot be love his work.

He will be missed by those whom he taught and touched. This is truly a sad day for art and literature in Canada. My deepest condolences to his family.

Fred Houpt
Toronto

10:49 AM  
Blogger boyboy said...

I had the great joy of being a student of Irving's up at York University in the 1970's. He taught us poetry and I remember him very well. I recall that he told us that many years hence, almost no one in the room in front of him (a large lecture hall) would be reading poetry on a regular basis. He was right of course. I still read and write poetry and I cannot be love his work.

He will be missed by those whom he taught and touched. This is truly a sad day for art and literature in Canada. My deepest condolences to his family.

Fred Houpt
Toronto

10:49 AM  
Blogger boyboy said...

I had the great joy of being a student of Irving's up at York University in the 1970's. He taught us poetry and I remember him very well. I recall that he told us that many years hence, almost no one in the room in front of him (a large lecture hall) would be reading poetry on a regular basis. He was right of course. I still read and write poetry and I cannot be love his work.

He will be missed by those whom he taught and touched. This is truly a sad day for art and literature in Canada. My deepest condolences to his family.

Fred Houpt
Toronto

10:50 AM  
Blogger rob mclennan said...

i just posted something on my own blog, at http://robmclennan.blogspot.com/2006/01/irving-layton-1912-2006-when-i-was.html

1:21 PM  
Blogger mallowry said...

The CBC web site decides that two days of featuring deceased poet, Irving Layton on its front page is enough.

The BBC website has a different view of how it treats its national cultural "treasures" when they depart. Elaborate pages are set out, and they stay there for weeks, if not months.

The Avian flu feature on the front page has been there for months. Why Irving Layton could not stay up there for at least a couple of weeks after his death is beyond me.

Is the CBC actually TRYING to become irrelevant as a national
broadcaster?

4:32 PM  

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