When Tish Happens: The Unlikely Story of Canada's "Most Influential Literary Magazine" (Paperback)

When Tish Happens: The Unlikely Story of Canada's
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?In the early 1960s, a group of students at UBC started a magazine called Tish. The name was purposefully an anagram of shit, in order to demonstrate their youthful and iconoclastic attitude. In many ways, Tish, and its editors, became the clear break from older Canadian poets and styles. At the heart of the magazine, and the "movement," was Frank Davey. And it is Davey who has written this definitive history. Davey has organized the material as a memoir, starting from his own early days in Abbotsford, B.C., and gradually introducing the other poets, including George Bowering, Daphne Marlatt, and Fred Wah, despite the fact that Davey doesn't meet them until they all arrive at UBC. Much of the theory of the Tish poets derives from the Black Mountain poets, an American movement that incorporated the writings of Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, and Robert Duncan -- who suggested the name itself. The Black Mountain poets believed that writing should be locally based and should grow out of the author's own breathing patterns. The more specific to a locale, the better. The poets are introduced as characters in a play, and when Fred Wah says, "Let's start a magazine," things happen. The first 19 issues became the calling card for a new type of poetry, but inevitably the writers began to go their own way. It is Davey's commitment that holds the group together, despite their geographical separation. The Tish movement provided the impetus to create a new, more contemporary Canadian poetry. And here, Frank Davey reveals how it started, grew, and became a lasting force.

About the Author

?Frank Davey is a widely published author and literary critic. He has taught at York University and the University of Western Ontario, where he held the Carl F. Klinck Professorship in?Canadian Literature.

Praise For…

"[An] enormously detailed account of Davey's life . . . and some revealing cultural glances at the '60s along the way." Saskatoon Star Phoenix (June 25, 2011)

"Frank Davey's anecdotal style ensures that anyone interested in West Coast writing, Canadian literature, or culture in general will glean much of interest here." Georgia Straight (August 9, 2011)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781550229585
ISBN-10: 1550229583
Publisher: ECW Press
Publication Date: April 1st, 2011
Pages: 330
Language: English