Alden Nowlan

Alden Nowlan
Stanley, Nova Scotia
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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 a ...
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Pamela 28 November 2020
Alden Nowlan was not only one of the greatest Canadian poets but one of the greatest poets of modern time. He thoughtfully inferred so many flaws of 'modern' man through his poetry. I am proud that he was a Canadian and sad that he is dead. He was like a 'poet priest' guiding us to see how we undermine the beauty of being in this world.
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David Merrifield 04 March 2019
This is a very fine Canadian poet. Alas he's a man!
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David Merrifield 04 March 2019
One of the finest poets! Read him slowly. Languish in the words. Be struck by them.
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Angela 08 November 2018
Alden Nowlan is one of those rare poets one finds only if searching for the unusual, the stark, the capital T Truth. His gift of poetic breadth moves from journalistic to surreal and whatever he aims at, he hits his mark.
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John Richter 10 August 2015
An absolutely wonderful and talented poet. I'm so sad that 55 years of my life have passed before I took notice of him. Sometimes we don't know what we don't know. Alden is certainly the poster child of that.
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Forest Li 07 December 2013
hello Alden, what does this poem mean. I am a Chinese, difficult for me to understand
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