The evolution of Farkas’s poetry since he began writing illuminates one of Montreal’s key literary figures, first, as one of the Vehicule poets of the 1970s, an experimental group of writers bent on celebrating life and pushing the boundaries of their craft and, later, as one profoundly aware of his role as a poet engaged with the world, one with a social conscience and a moral obligation to speak about it.
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“One of the reasons for my liking of Endre Farkas’s poems is that he writes a new book each time. Another reason is that he takes important subjects for these books. So if you were not lucky enough to be here from the start, this book is what they used to call a godsend. Here is a guy who worked diligently for several decades and suddenly became a star in the pantheon of Montreal poets. He’s easy to read–like the look in a wolf’s eye.” –George Bowering
About the Author
Endre Farkas was born in Hungary and is a child of Holocaust survivors. He and his parents escaped during the 1956 uprising and settled in Montreal. His work has a political consciousness and experimental bent. He is a genre fluid writer who has collaborated with dancers, musicians and actors to move the poem from page to stage. Still at the forefront of the Quebec English language literary scene – writing, editing, and performing – Farkas is the author of eleven books, including Quotidian Fever: New and Selected Poems (1974-2007). He is the two-time regional winner of the CBC Poetry “Face Off” Competition. His play, Haunted House, based on the life and work of the poet A.M. Klein, was produced in Montreal in 2009. He has produced videpoems that have been screened around the world. His collaboration with Carolyn Marie Souaid Blood is Blood won first prize at the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival in Berlin, Germany. Farkas has given readings throughout Canada, USA, Europe and Latin America. His poems have been translated into French, Spanish, Hungarian, Italian, Slovenian and Turkish. His novel Home Game was shortlisted for the Hugh MacLennan Prize for fiction 2020.