correction line is a powerful and evocative poem sequence that reconstructs memory through ancestral connections, and personal history. The poetry is as fundamental as the southern prairie landscape in its stark realities and progressively elemental in its distinctive risks with structure and imagery. It is roots poetry, humorous, anecdotal and wise, but also original, unexpected and profound.
Harvested from the prairies, Cooley?s writing fiddles with forms, swerves among the vernacular, the comical, the meditative, the linguistic, and the personal. His work exudes a strong commitment to local and contemporary understandings of writing and a continued experimentation with his postmodernist leanings.
correction line affirms Cooley?s desire to break from the inexorable narrative and offer poetry its place in the everyday world, while allowing its aesthetic to claim the space and time of the Prairies in its form, cadence and meanings. As the title suggests there are lines that correct what must change, as there are lines to correct what is already known. It is through this convergence of memory and history that Cooley?s poems shape understanding.
Recipient of the 2015 League of Canadian Poets' Life Membership 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.