Cooley, Dennis

Canada, (b. 1944)

hog line 4

hog line 4

© Dennis Cooley. from Canadian Literature #202, Sport and the Athletic Body. (Autumn 2009).

Editor’s Note:

#1) RULES OF CURLING FOR GENERAL PLAY – Canadian Curling Association – see Pg. 5 / Section 3(c)

#2) Who is to say yea or nea that in the ancient Scottish history of the sport of Curling, a hog is the same as a pig or if either term is fitting subject for a love poem. Eight curly tailed pigs beyond the hog line? It’s a snowman, my love!

About the Poet:

Dennis Cooley (b. 1944) is a Canadian poet, writer, editor and teacher. Cooley was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, and raised on a farm near there. He is a founding editor of the Turnstone Press 1n 1976, helped start create the Manitoba Writers’ Guild in 1981 and was the Assistant Editor on the Journal of Canadian Fiction from 1975-1976, as well as the Poetry Editor of Arts Manitoba from 1978-1979 and 1982-1983.

Cooley earned a Bachelor of Education, a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Ph. D. from the University of Rochester. He has edited of many literary titles, and has published about 100 articles, reviews & columns; two critical titles and well over a dozen books of poetry. Cooley teaches Canadian literature, poetry, creative writing and literary theory at St. John’s College, the University of Manitoba.

Cooley describes himself as, “rooted in the prairies, fiddling with forms, swerving among the vernacular, the comical, the meditative, the linguistic, and the personal [and] strongly committed to the local and to contemporary understandings of writing.” [DES-06/14]

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