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Barbour, Douglas 1940-

Overview
Works: 70 works in 214 publications in 2 languages and 3,857 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  Book reviews  Fiction  Ekphrastic poetry 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PR9199.3.B37, 811.54
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Michael Ondaatje by Douglas Barbour( Book )
11 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 613 libraries worldwide
When Michael Ondaatje came to Canada in the 1960s, his innovative poetry and prose swiftly began to fuel the new Canadian literary renaissance. As his contemporary Margaret Atwood has said, Ondaatje was quietly recognized as "one of the most vital and imaginative of the younger poets." The Dainty Monsters (1967) first established his critical and popular reputation, displaying the emotional energy and creative imagination that would soon characterize his entire oeuvre. Only four years later, Ondaatje won the first of his many awards, Canada's prestigious Governor General's Award, for his extraordinary prose-poem The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (1971). In 1992 he became the first Canadian writer to win the Booker Prize for The English Patient. Today, as his richly metaphorical texts enjoy international renown, Ondaatje's fame is especially fascinating, for he has neither followed trends nor played to any crowd, instead fulfilling his wish to "start each new book with a new vocabulary." Unlike fellow writers Robert Kroetsch and George Bowering, Ondaatje dislikes discussing theory - it takes an appreciation as sharp and probing as Douglas Barbour's to enlighten us to the thoughts, intentions, and influences that have shaped Ondaatje's work, his consistent movement into new territory, and his masterful traversal through the modes of late modernism, postmodernism, and postcolonialism. Barbour offers luminous readings of each of Ondaatje's books up to The English Patient (1992), a novel of international scope that is as much about the power of narratives as the power of passion. Barbour illuminates Ondaatje's early alignment with Wallace Stevens and Robert Lowell, as well as his later development in the Pound tradition. He explains the curious genesis of Ondaatje's first novel, Coming through Slaughter (1976), and in the poet's memoir, Running in the Family (1982), uncovers themes from his youth in Sri Lanka while analyzing how memory and invention interact. In a chapter devoted to Secular Love (1984), the most recent poetry collection, Barbour provides insight into Ondaatje's expression of love lost and found. For the 1987 novel In the Skin of A Lion, he explores Ondaatje's blending of fiction and history in a socially conscious story of Toronto written in the style of magical realism. In both the poetry and the prose, Barbour analyzes Ondaatje's brilliant ability to transform documentary storytelling through brilliant postmodern effects - to accomplish his artistic goal of generating in his readers a "movement of mind and language."
Continuations by Douglas Barbour( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 120 libraries worldwide
Songbook by Douglas Barbour( Book )
8 editions published in 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 118 libraries worldwide
The Maple laugh forever : an anthology of comic Canadian poetry ( Book )
7 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 111 libraries worldwide
Land fall by Douglas Barbour( Book )
12 editions published between 1971 and 1973 in English and held by 108 libraries worldwide
Visible visions : the selected poems of Douglas Barbour by Douglas Barbour( Book )
6 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 104 libraries worldwide
Writing right : poetry by Canadian women ( Book )
7 editions published in 1982 in English and Italian and held by 104 libraries worldwide
A poem as long as the highway by Douglas Barbour( Book )
6 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 93 libraries worldwide
Story for a Saskatchewan night by Douglas Barbour( Book )
4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 88 libraries worldwide
White by Douglas Barbour( Book )
9 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 87 libraries worldwide
Beyond Tish ( Book )
4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 86 libraries worldwide
He & she & by Douglas Barbour( Book )
6 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 80 libraries worldwide
Lyric/anti-lyric : essays on contemporary poetry by Douglas Barbour( Book )
4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 78 libraries worldwide
The pirates of Pen's Chance : homolinguistic translations by Douglas Barbour( Book )
3 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 76 libraries worldwide
Fragmenting body etc. by Douglas Barbour( Book )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 75 libraries worldwide
Excerpt from the book: "Creature Slain by Bellerophon in": the late night show on every screen every scream narrates a body's parting; but that creature never existed; ever existent it haunts our nights now more than ever; how many imagined and imaginary odd bodies can we afford to break down; and 'the Balkanized body' a new study in psycho somatic engineering engineered
Visions of my grandfather by Douglas Barbour( Book )
5 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 73 libraries worldwide
Three times five : short stories by Beverly Harris( Book )
5 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 73 libraries worldwide
Canadian poetry chronicle, 1984 : a comprehensive review of Canadian poetry books by Douglas Barbour( Book )
2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 69 libraries worldwide
Continuations 2 by Douglas Barbour( Book )
8 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 68 libraries worldwide
Listen. If by Douglas Barbour( Book )
3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 41 libraries worldwide
"In this new collection, Douglas Barbour experiments with what he calls "rhythmically intense open form." Listen. If presents technically innovative poetry that invites the reader to join in some serious play. Barbour's vivid, ekphrastic poems engage an ongoing conversation among artworks-not only classic paintings but also popular music-while his lyric poems astutely, accessibly evoke places, moments, and feelings. This is poetry that takes up language both as the already-said and as a playground for brilliant technique. Leaping from love to landscapes, politics to jazz, Keats to Milne to Monk, these poems yearn to be spoken aloud for the pure joy of sound."--
 
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Alternative Names
Barbour, D.
Barbour, Douglas
Barbour, Douglas Fleming
Barbour, Douglas Fleming 1940-
Languages
English (109)
Italian (1)
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