The Sun the Wind the Summer Field shows the wit, intellect, and skill with words and rhyme for which Alfred G. Bailey is famous. This collection gathers together a half-century of poems. Some are the works of a young, strong voice applying the poetics of T.S. Eliot to the Canadian ethos, while others give voice to old age, undiminished in power and enriched by experience.
Some of the poems in The Sun the Wind the Summer Field have appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Cormorant, and Wild East, but most have never been published before.
Alfred G. Bailey (1905-1997) was born in Quebec City. He served as the first head of the University of New Brunswick history department from 1938 to 1969. His literary interests led to the founding of the Bliss Carman Society in 1940 and to his co-founding of the Fiddlehead, Canada's oldest literary magazine, in 1945. From 1965 to 1969, he served as the university's vice-president academic. He published several scholarly historical and anthropological works, including The Conflict of European and Eastern Algonkian Cultures (1937; 1969). Bailey was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1951 and an officer of the Order of Canada in 1978.
Pub date: April 1, 1996