A feature interview with Canadian poet Dennis Lee
Originally published on October 20, 2017.
A biographer once described Dennis Lee as a man "so much in motion that the edges of the picture will always remain a blur."
In the mid-sixties, he worked at Toronto's Rochdale College, Canada's first experimental student-run free university.
In 1967, he co-founded the House of Anansi Press, where he edited many of a generation's bright lights, including Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Marian Engel, Matt Cohen, Austin Clarke and Graeme Gibson.
And then there's the poetry.
His first book came out in 1967, but his first poem was published when he was just a child.
He spoke to Michael Enright about his latest book, Heart Residence: Collected Poems 1967-2017, the 50th anniversary of House of Anansi Press, and his many years of writing and civic engagement.
Click 'listen' above to hear the full interview.
Sometimes the best audio happens after our interviews end. In this case, Dennis Lee read Michael one of his awful poems. We're happy to share it with you.