Hero of the Play
Ten years ago, Richard Harrison thrilled poetry and hockey lovers with a collection of poetry devoted to the great Canadian game. This beloved collection has been re-issued with a new selection of poems, "The Hero in Overtime," an essay by the author on ten years of living with ... Read more
Ten years ago, Richard Harrison thrilled poetry and hockey lovers with a collection of poetry devoted to the great Canadian game. This beloved collection has been re-issued with a new selection of poems, "The Hero in Overtime," an essay by the author on ten years of living with hockey poetry, and a foreword by Roy MacGregor.
"I was mesmerized by Harrison's writing ? his observation that Mark Messier's stare 'weighs 200 pounds'; his descriptions of Don Cherry; his astonishing, yet accurate, comparison of hockey to Sumo wrestling ? and I am delighted that, 10 years on, he is back with a new issue of Hero of the Play with all kinds of new writing to fascinate and intrigue and, most importantly, inspire those of us who profoundly believe it is impossible to know this country without knowing its game. " ? Excerpt from Foreword
Richard Harrison is the author of seven books of poetry including On Not Losing My Father's Ashes in the Flood, which won the Governor General's Award for English-language Poetry and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry in Alberta. 25: Hockey Poems Selected and New celebrates the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of Hero of the Play, the first book of poetry to be launched at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Richard's poems have been translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic, and his Governor General's Award–winning volume was translated into Italian. He has read widely in Canada and the United States, and his work has been featured on many TV and radio broadcasts including Adrienne Clarkson Presents and Peter Gzowski's Morningside. His essays, as well as writing on his work, have appeared in several academic publications, the Globe and Mail, the Manchester Guardian and the New York Times. In 1995, Richard was the Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Calgary; he has since made Calgary his home and teaches English and Creative Writing at Mount Royal University.