Douglas Lochhead

Born in 1922 in Guelph, Ontario and raised mostly in Ottawa, Douglas Lochhead was connected to New Brunswick through his mother, a Van Wart from Fredericton. Like the Quebec-born A.G. Bailey, New Brunswick was a place of rootedness and an ancestral pull that drew Lochhead in. He and his brother, the renowned Canadian painter Kenneth Lochhead, spent many summers at their grandparents’ home outside Saint John. After an education at McGill University, and after serving overseas in the Canadian army, Douglas Lochhead spent the first part of his career as a librarian, bibliographer, and printer, believing that the only way to understand text was to make it. He did the same with literature, experimenting with various forms of poetry and book design. His first collection of verse, The Heart is Fire, appeared in 1959. Following terms at universities in Victoria, Halifax, and Toronto, Lochhead moved to Sackville in 1975, where he was Director of Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University until 1987. There he met and befriended the poet John Thompson. Assuming the role of Mount Allison’s writer-in-residence (1987-1990), Lochhead wrote much of his best work in retirement, benefitting from daily walks and ruminations on the Tantramar marshes. High Marsh Road (1980) and Dykelands (1989) display the results of those walks and meditations. Named Poet Laureate of Sackville in 2002, he died in 2011, having published more than thirty collections of poetry over fifty years.

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The linked Author Page contains the poems "Not mine," "Poet talking," "How was it," "Pulse," "My daughters, my wild girls," "Tracks," "The old man who owned this house," "Are you writing any...?," "January Sale," "And the way we die," "The Meeting," "The hoe," "The woods," and "John Thompson."