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Anne Wilkinson Biography | Poet

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Anne Wilkinson (September 21, 1910 – May 10, 1961) was a Canadian poet who was part of the modernist movement in Canadian poetry in the 1940s and 50s, one of only a few prominent women poets of the time along with Dorothy Livesay and P.K. Page. Wilkinson published two books of poetry, Counterpoint to Sleep (1951) and The Hangman Ties the Holly (1955). She also wrote a family history about her maternal family, the Oslers, and a children's story before her early death from cancer in 1961. She also published work in several prominent Canadian literary journals of the day, including Northern Review and the Tamarack Review. Forgotten for several decades, her work has enjoyed a minor revival since the publication in 2004 of Heresies: The Complete Poems of Anne Wilkinson (1924–1961), edited by Dean Irvine.


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