No poet spoke
From the balcony of the foreign mind
all voice fell away
and the shattering
knew no sheets
nor tore from music
But for all that
fans kept turning
electric and heat
rushed back into
the made thing
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Robert Hogg was born in Edmonton, Alberta on March 26, 1942. When
the child was nine, his father bought a ranch in the Cariboo region in the
interior of British Columbia, where the family spent three years; from there
they moved to Burnaby, and later Abbotsford and Langley in the Fraser Valley
where Hogg finished high school in 1960. He spent the next four years in the
English and Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia where
he came into contact with the Black Mountain poets and their poetics and
participated in the Tish poetry movement. After graduating in the spring
of 1964 Hogg hitch-hiked to Toronto, visited the poet, Charles Olson, in
Buffalo, and applied to study under him in the graduate program of the English
Department of the State University of New York. Hogg later wrote his doctoral
dissertation on Olson under the supervision of Robert Creeley. He completed the
course work for the PhD in the spring of 1968 and accepted a position at
Carleton University in Ottawa where he taught Modern and Post-Modern American
and Canadian Poetry and Poetic Theory until his retirement in 2005.
While at Buffalo
Hogg met and married Leslie Flaig, then a music major at the University, who
has since become an accomplished artist and photographer. During the next two
decades they raised three children on their farm in Mountain Township, about 50
kilometres south of Ottawa, where they grow organic crops and operate a
commercial flour mill and natural food distribution company called Mountain
Path Inc. At present, Hogg is working on a sixth book of poetry, and editing an
extensive anthology of Canadian poetic theory.
The Connexions. Berkeley CA: Oyez Press, 1966.
Standing Back. Toronto: Coach House Press, 1972.
Of Light. Toronto: Coach House Press, 1978.
Heat Lightning. Windsor ON: Black Moss Press, 1986.
There Is No
Falling. Toronto: ECW
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