Alden Nowlan

(25 January 1933 - 27 June 1983 / Stanley, Nova Scotia)

Alden Nowlan
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Alden Nowlan was born into rural poverty in Stanley, Nova Scotia, adjacent to Mosherville, and close to the small town of Windsor, Nova Scotia, along a stretch of dirt road that he would later refer to as Desolation Creek. His father, Gordon Freeman Nowlan, worked sporadically as a manual labourer.

His mother, Grace Reese, was only 15 years of age when Nowlan was born, and she soon left the family, leaving Alden and her younger daughter Harriet, to the care of their paternal grandmother. The family discouraged education as a waste of time, and Nowlan left school after only four grades. At the age of 14, he went to work in the village sawmill. At the age of 16, Nowlan discovered ... more »

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  • Forest Li (12/7/2013 8:25:00 PM)

    hello Alden, what does this poem mean. I am a Chinese, difficult for me to understand

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