The 'whimsical' poetry of Gord Downie

Louise Dennys, a publisher at Penguin Random House Canada, looks back at the time she spent with Gord Downie on his 2001 book of poetry, Coke Machine Glow.
Gord Downie is among the 10 short listed nominees for this year's Polaris Music Prize. The award, which honours a Canadian album based on artistic merit, is being handed out Monday night in Toronto. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

Gord Downie was both a musician and a great poet. In 2001, he put out a book of poetry called Coke Machine Glow. Publisher Louise Dennys worked closely with him on that project. 

Today, she shares her fondest memories of working with Downie and explains why his poetry was just as powerful as his songwriting. She says: "If you want to know what it felt like to be a travelling performer with Gord Downie, you only have to read his poetry because it's all there."


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