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Dempster, Barry 1952-

Overview
Works: 40 works in 106 publications in 1 language and 1,481 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Poetry 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PR9199.3.D435, 811.54
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Most widely held works by Barry Dempster
The burning alphabet by Barry Dempster( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Burning Alphabet confirms and extends Barry Dempster's reputation as one of Canada's most respected poets. Underpinning these poems, as in his previous work, there lies an unswerving dedication to emotional and spiritual honesty. One section, "Sick Days", focuses on that "other place" of chronic illness, while the closing section renders, with great candour and poignancy, the powerful love-hate relationship with an aging father."--Jacket
Love outlandish by Barry Dempster( Book )

6 editions published between 1901 and 2009 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A love affair chronicled--from obsession to heartbreak, foolhardiness to faith. In Love Outlandish, Barry Dempster undoes all the clich#65533;s that have barnacled our love lives and, with the zest and courage typical of his work, explores their torrents and eddies afresh. As in his previous books, Dempster responds to D.H. Lawrence's plea that we should discover and articulate what the heart really wants rather than some idealized version of it. Thoughtful, passionate, full of humour and self-aware wit, Love Outlandish delivers, again and again, the shock of recognition that permits us to lau
Letters from a long illness with the world : the D.H. Lawrence poems by Barry Dempster( Book )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tuning a fine ear to Lawrence’s letters from 1906 until his death in 1930, Barry Dempster’s poems uncover the man within the myth and give voice to Lawrence’s passionate mortality. Dempster’s act is one of imagination and homage, a kind of lyrical readership which traces the life-and-death line in a great writer’s life, with its constant illness and energy, a line “green as the vein of a young man’s desire.” In this book, Barry Dempster, acclaimed as a writer of short fiction and novels as well as poetry, extends his range and the genre of poetry itself
Third impressions by John Metcalf( Book )

3 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Disturbing the Buddha by Barry Dempster( Book )

9 editions published between 1901 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Disturbing the Buddha, Barry Dempster's fifteenth collection, is disarmingly conversational and, like the best conversations, it moves between reverence and irreverence, sincerity and irony as it grapples with love, loss, loneliness and simple lack of luck--the ""three-leaf clovers"" so much more plentiful than the four. Dempster's wit and playful metaphoric turns let us take for granted the courage needed to admit to life's ongoing intensities, disruptions, and indignities. In these poems, a forty-year-old man dons a pink plastic crown on his niece's order; a solitary man watches a Nicole Kid
Invisible dogs by Barry Dempster( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Virtuosic poems tracking two intertwined themes: the breakdown of an obsessive love affair and the vicissitudes of middle age. Invisible Dogs, Dempster’s fourteenth collection, is a complex but deeply coherent hymn to the difficult business of staying alive. This is a book for when it hurts so bad you hope you’ll die and are afraid you won’t—not because it offers consolation or the promise of a new dawn, but because it so compellingly documents the plain, hard, ungraceful, stumbling grief of the matter, and meets it with rare self-knowledge, wry humour, and an unornamented determination to go on living. Dempster’s metaphors are like hairpin turns taken at breakneck speed. He has nerves of steel when it comes to self-examination, and it’s this relentless honesty and the emotional torque it induces that keep the voice on the road. …He scrutinizes the rearview mirror as if it were a bush about to spring into flames, the past appearing closer than it really is. Miles of missing her, those erratic white lines. He keeps forgetting where he’s going – city, corner store, centre of the universe. No wonder arrival feels so temporary, like a borrowed bathroom key. ~ from “He Said/She Said”
Positions to pray in by Barry Dempster( Book )

4 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writing home by Barry Dempster( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These linked short stories are set on a fictional street in Scarborough, Ontario. As one story ends and the next begins, the viewpoint switches from neighbour to neighbour, emphasizing the difference between a person's self-concept and the way others look at him or her
Fables for isolated men by Barry Dempster( Book )

5 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dying a little by Barry Dempster( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tributaries, an anthology, writer to writer( Book )

5 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blue wherever by Barry Dempster( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The unavoidable man by Barry Dempster( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ascension of Jesse Rapture by Barry Dempster( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The outside world by Barry Dempster( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The words wanting out : poems selected & new by Barry Dempster( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Globe doubts by Barry Dempster( Book )

4 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ivan's birches : poems by Barry Dempster( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Real places and imaginary men by Barry Dempster( Book )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fire and brimstone by Barry Dempster( Book )

4 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The burning alphabet
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Love outlandishLetters from a long illness with the world : the D.H. Lawrence poemsPositions to pray inFables for isolated menDying a littleBlue whereverThe words wanting out : poems selected & newIvan's birches : poems
Alternative Names
Barry Dempster Canadees romanschrijver

Barry Dempster Canadian poet

Barry Dempster kanadischer Romancier, Herausgeber und Dichter

Barry Dempster poet kanadez

Barry Dempster poeta canadenc

Barry Dempster poeta canadiense

Dempster, Barry

Dempster, Barry 1959-

Dempster, Barry Edward 1952-

Languages
English (80)