Dennis Cooley (1808 words)

  • Craig McLuckie (Okanagan College)
  • Alexis Ratz (Independent Scholar - North America)

Edward Dorn writes in Gunslinger (1975) that:

To a poet all authority
except his own
is an expression of Evil
and it is all external authority
that he expiates
this is the culmination of his traits

The poetic and critical writing of Canadian Dennis Cooley has consistently resisted the idea of author(ity) and variations in language registers, font, typeface, and layout to increase the reader's critical engagement with his work.

Dennis Cooley was born on August 27, 1944 in Estevan, Saskatchewan, the son of Orin, a general labourer and Irene June (née Wilson), a homemaker. Cooley had a working class upbringing, which is much in evidence in his compassion f…

McLuckie, Craig, Alexis Ratz. "Dennis Cooley". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 September 2004
[, accessed 28 October 2016.]

Articles on Cooley's works

  1. Bloody Jack