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Bill Bissett

Bill Bissett (whose name is often not capitalised) is a Canadian poet famous for his anti-conventional style. He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1939. He attended Dalhousie University (1956) and University of British Columbia (1963-1965), but dropped out of both due to idealism about freedom of artistic expression.

He is known for his use of "concrete sound" poetry, sound effects, chanting, and barefoot dancing during his poetry readings, as well as for incorporating visual elements into poetry on the published page. He has also had art exhibits and made audio recordings.

He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1958, and started the blew ointment magazine in 1963, later launching blewointment press, which has published volumes by B. P. Nichol, Steve McCaffery, Andrew Suknaski, Lionel Kearns and D. A. Levy.

Bill Bissett is now based in Toronto, Ontario.

Table of contents
1 Published Works
2 Critical Publications
3 Other Publications

Published Works

Critical Publications

Other Publications

---, ed. The Last Blewointment anthology. 2 vols. Toronto: Nightwood Editions, 1985-1986.

Source: 100 Canadian Poets