Brian Bartlett

Born in 1953 in St. Stephen, NB, Brian Bartlett is a poet, editor, and professor who spent his formative years in Fredericton. Widely published and highly acclaimed, he apprenticed as a young poet with UNB’s McCord Hall writers, coming to the attention of Robert Gibbs, Fred Cogswell, and Alden Nowlan. Each saw in him the promise of a fine poet, an assessment based on Bartlett’s precocity (at a very young age he had memorized long passages of Romantic poetry) and the quality of his early work. Bartlett did his graduate studies, and then spent his early career years, in Montreal, moving to Halifax in 1990 to teach at St. Mary’s University. His first two collections were the chapbooks Finches for the Wake (1971) and Brother’s Insomnia (1972), both published while he was an undergraduate at UNB. That early work revealed a resplendence of imagination rarely seen in young writers, earning him comparisons with the early work of Ontario poet James Reaney. A winner of numerous national and regional writing awards, Bartlett is now considered a major Canadian poetic voice.

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The linked Author Page contains the poems "This Bridge is No Bridge," "Among the Rows at 7 p.m.," "A Basement Tale," "Always," and "The Afterlife of Trees."