Going Top Shelf

Going Top Shelf

An Anthology of Canadian Hockey Poetry

Book - 2005
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Going Top Shelf brings together for the first time in one collection some of Canada's best hockey poems and song lyrics. Included are works by such outstanding Canadian poets as Michael Ondaatje, Al Purdy, Margaret Avison, Don Gutteridge and Lorna Crozier. And for music lovers with a taste for contemporary Canadian music, this entertaining collection includes lyrics by The Tragically Hip, The Rheostatics, Kathleen Edwards, Stompin' Tom Connors, and others.

Going Top Shelf represents a cross-section of Canada 's poets and composers, ranging from 19th-century romantic poet Sir Charles G.C. Roberts to contemporary pop songstress Jane Siberry. Altogether, more than 30 authors and songwriters from across Canada reflect an intriguing diversity of forms and literary expression. Yet in all the poems, ice--or the sport played to extensively in Canada upon it--is used to express the ideas, beliefs and attitudes of this diverse group of Canadian authors.

For the poetry scholar, for the lover of good music, for the hockey fan, this is a collection to be enjoyed. Indeed, Going Top Shelf represents a literary "top shelf" of hockey poetry without equal.

Publisher: Victoria, B.C. : Heritage House, c2005.
ISBN: 9781894384995
Characteristics: 110 p. :,ill., ports. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kennedy, Michael P. J.


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May 14, 2013

Despite the description, this is not the first collection of Canadian poems about hockey, but it _is_ the best I've read. Ondaatje's "To A Sad Daughter" Al Purdy's classic "Hockey Player" and Nils Clausson's "Breakaway Sonnet" are all here, along the lyrics to The Arrogant Worms' "Me Like Hockey". Well worth reading for any hockey fan!

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