All Manner of Tackle
All Manner of Tackle brings together a selection of Brian Bartlett’s literary prose from the past three decades. One of Atlantic Canada’s finest poets, Bartlett has published reflections on poetry in a panoply of forms, including essays, reviews, journals, memoirs, tributes, columns, introductions, and interviews. All Manner of Tackle celebrates the Canadian poetry and poets he considers indispensible (including P.K. Page, Robert Bringhurst and Elizabeth Bishop), offering meticulous and in-depth readings that track poetry’s relationship to everything from mass culture to philosophy to the environment. As much memoir as it is criticism, All Manner of Tackle is a book that keeps “a few kernels of faith in poetry as something that blazes trails rather than just doggedly follow[s] them.”
Brian Bartlett has published many collections and chapbooks of poetry, including The Watchmaker’s Table, The Afterlife of Trees, Granite Erratics, and Wanting the Day: Selected Poems. His honours have included the Atlantic Poetry Prize, the Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry, and two Malahat Review Long Poem Prizes. He has also written two prose books of nature writing, Ringing Here & There: A Nature Calendar (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2014) and Branches Over Ripples: A Waterside Journal (Gaspereau, 2017). After editing several volumes of selected poems (by Don Domanski, James Reaney, Robert Gibbs, Dorothy Roberts) for Wilfred Laurier Press and The Porcupine’s Quill, Bartlett recently completed editing Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan (Goose Lane/icehouse poetry, 2017). Since 1990 he has lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia.