bill bissett is one of Canada’s most recognized and celebrated experimental poets. He is particularly famous for his charismatic performances, which frequently extend into song, sound poetry, and improvised digressive story telling. When Jack Kerouac declared bissett one of the world’s great poets, and even called bissett a better writer than himself, he mistakenly described bissett as a First Nations author likely because of this exploration of oral sound traditions. bissett has also been acclaimed as one of the pioneers of visual or concrete poetry in Canada. The visual and oral dimensions of bissett’s writing connect to his extensive work as a visual artist, primarily as a painter, and to his extensive recording …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Betts, Gregory. "bill bissett". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 April 2011
[, accessed 06 July 2015.]