Earle Birney


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Earle Alfred Birney (13 May 1904 – 3 September 1995) was a distinguished Canadian poet and novelist, who twice won the Governor General's Award, Canada's top literary honor, for his poetry.

Born in Calgary, Alberta, and raised on a farm in Erickson, near Creston, British Columbia, his childhood was somewhat isolated. After working as a farm hand, a bank clerk, and a park ranger, Birney ... more »

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  • ''a fuzzed moth in a flannel of storm''
    Earle Birney (b. 1904), Canadian poet. Bushed (l. 9). . . New Oxford Book of Canadian Verse in English, The. Margaret Atwood, comp. (1982) Oxford ...
  • ''owls in the beardusky woods''
    Earle Birney (b. 1904), Canadian poet. Bushed (l. 22). . . New Oxford Book of Canadian Verse in English, The. Margaret Atwood, comp. (1982) Oxford...
  • ''ospreys
    would fall like valkyries''
    Earle Birney (b. 1904), Canadian poet. Bushed (l. 15-16). . . New Oxford Book of Canadian Verse in English, The. Margaret Atwood, comp. (1982) Oxf...
  • ''Unreal, tall as a myth,''
    Earle Birney (b. 1904), Canadian poet. The Bear on the Delhi Road (l. 1). . . New Oxford Book of Canadian Verse in English, The. Margaret Atwood, ...
  • ''It is not easy to free
    myth from reality
    or rear this fellow up
    to lutch, lurch with them
    in the tranced dancing of men.''
    Earle Birney (b. 1904), Canadian poet. The Bear on the Delhi Road (l. 31-35). . . New Oxford Book of Canadian Verse in English, The. Margaret Atwo...
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