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David Waltner-Toews : Comments / Criticism


Selected Comments


"Waltner-Toews' gift is this rare ability to find in mundane events, in a relentless environment and persistent human failing the miracle of wonder, the capacity for love."

                     —Di Brandt, The Mennonite Reporter


"He is a poet with an extraordinary lightness of touch."

                     —David Helwig, The Toronto Star


"There is a fine sense of the ambiguity and elusiveness of life that animates these poems and gives them a quality of surprise and vitality."

                     —Winnipeg Free Press


"What impresses about "Endangered Species" is the breadth of conscience welded to an expert craft. Waltner-Toews has enlarged the notion of 'ecology' to include family, friends and history. In fact, his is an ecology of 'heart', uncluttered with political or ideological bias. He is perhaps prejudiced by an old-fashioned 'humanness'. In an age of strident right'-mongers, Waltner-Toews outrage is clean and his compassion is convincing. He is no prophet, however; he is a family man whose bedtime stories would include a legacy for the whole world."

                     —Pier Giorgio Di Cicco


"If a poet of David Waltner-Toews' clear vision, strong principles and mischievous good humour were running the world, I'd sleep a lot easier and breathe a lot more freely. Hell, I'd probably even start chuckling at unexpected moments, without warning."

                     —Andreas Schroeder



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