Vancouver Poetry Festival of 1963 was a Shindig of the first sort, a Conference if you will, a life saver and changer.
Introduction and Notes by Aaron Vidaver
In light of new interest in the 1963 Vancouver Poetry Conference and Robert McTavish’s forthcoming film The Line Has Shattered, I’ve reviewed my research from 1997-1999 and started to dig around again. Below is what I believe to be an unpublished essay by Warren Tallman written in the fall after the conference. It was prepared for an international audience (an editorial note in a margin of the typescript asks him to explain who Margaret Avison is: “who’s she? (This to be read by readers in several countries)”) although there is no indication of the venue. Since there are only passing descriptions of the conference in his two books—as “month-long poetry klatsch” (1976: 183) , “month long Götterdämmerung poetry klatsch” (1992: 205)  and “gathering of the Romantic clan” (1992: 230) —this piece provides a missing account.
Tallman leaves out mention of local…
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