Canada has more published poets per capita than any country in the world, which isn’t surprising given that Canadian poetry as practiced is overwhelmingly writing for people who don’t want to think anything through. Since poetry is a commercially obsolete medium of statement, one could interpret this unabated statistic as a signal that Canada’s publicly funded cultural system has failed to respond to common sense. Canada’s successful poets usually play guitars and other musical instruments, and they’re so easy to find I won’t name them. I’ll offer three poets, relatively unknown outside their communities, who give in to no vulgarities and write as clearly as the age allows: George Stanley, Anne Carson and Robin Blaser. Find them, read them.

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