The Other Language is a look at English poetry in Montreal, beginning with the first moderns — F.R. Scott, A.J.M. Smith, and A.M. Klein — and ending with poets who published their first book in the seventies. This collection provides the reader with an introduction to the rich and diverse body of work written by Montreal poets in this century. Montreal is the centre of two diverse cultures that exist in a perpetual state of dynamism and tension, and these poets all reflect this dialogue.
About the Editor
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.