Steve McCaffery

(1947 / Sheffield, England)

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Steven McCaffery (born January 24, 1947) is a Canadian poet and scholar who was a professor at York University. He currently holds the Gray Chair at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. McCaffery was born in Sheffield, England and lived in the UK for most of his youth attending University of Hull. He moved to Toronto in 1968. In 1970, he began to collaborate with fellow poets Rafael Barreto-Rivera, Paul Dutton, and bpNichol, forming the sound-poetry group, The Four Horsemen. McCaffery's poetry attempts to break language from the logic of syntax and structure to create a purely emotional response. He has created three-dimensional structures of words and has released a ... more »

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Writing a Sand Thinking

After the gossip one returns to grammar.
Almost to say that speech
compares us
renting that as a fact the case stands firm
for what we own.
by relations instance this as
the index of my slab. Your
slap at it.
The clouds pastiche aubade
Sid's bakery delivers symmetry
inside an adult formula for
Saturdays. Our poppies
in history.

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