This anthology of prairie poetry is retrospective and gathering, meant to bring together those who have long been committed to poetry and to the prairies. The poems range from anecdote to experiment, minute recording to extravagant invention, and the poets--all distinguished writers who have been anthologized, studied, interviewed--are as likely to explore structures of knowing as details of landscape. Inscriptions is a necessary and important entry into the strangely known and wildly unknown terrain that is prairie poetry.
Recipient of the 2015 League of Canadian Poets’ lifetime member award and the 2013 Manitoba Writers’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, Dennis Cooley has been a key figure in Winnipeg’s literary community for over 30 years. He has written extensively on Canadian literature, published 20 books of poetry, and edited numerous others. For years a CanLit professor at the University of Manitoba, Dennis Cooley, now retired, lives and writes in Winnipeg.