Monday, January 09, 2006

Provocative and Abrasive, The Brandon Sun, Manitoba, Jan 9 06
Layton remembered for his influence, talent
By: Wire Services

MONTREAL — Irving Layton, whose poetry earned him a Nobel Prize nomination, was remembered Sunday as a man who inspired people to lofty goals with his words and yet viewed the world with a playful optimism.

Layton, who died Wednesday at age 93, was known by some as provocative and abrasive but Anna Pottier, his fifth wife, spoke of the man who playfully tried to swipe bagels from a bakery and saw hope in blades of grass poking through cracks in city sidewalks.

Federal Justice Minister Irwin Cotler, who addressed the mourners at the funeral, later invoked Layton’s ‘‘transformative impact’’ on the lives of Canadians and his outrage at injustice.

‘‘Irving Layton felt the injustice around him. His poetry was a means of conveying that message of injustice and mobilizing us in that struggle.’’

Layton died after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.


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