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Poetry Canadian

Off Earth

Poems and Effects

by (author) John Robert Colombo

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Sep 1987
Canadian, General, Places
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 1987
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Off Earth is a collection of "poems and effects" written and created by John Robert Colombo. This is his first new collection of poetry since the appearance of Selected Poems and Selected Translations in 1982. The new work gives expression to a skepticism modified by a sense of the possibilities occasioned by the prospects of outer space.

John Robert Colombo, nationally known as "the Master Gatherer," is the author, translator, and compiler of a great many publications. In fact, Off Earth is his seventy-sixth book. It is perhaps his most intriguing, inventive, and stimulating in scope and substance.

About the author

John Robert Colombo, who edited and annotated Worlds in Small, is known as the Master Gatherer for his many compilations of the lore and literature of Canada. Colombo has complied, translated, and written over eighty books. He co-translated into English five books of Bulgarian literature, not to mention books of verse originally written in Hungarian, Romanian, Polish, etc. In the field of native studies he has compiled Windigo, Poems of the Inuit, Songs of the Indians, and Songs of the Great Land. Among his large-scale literary anthologies are The Poets of Canada and Colombo’s Book of Canada. He edited Other Canada, the country’s first anthology of science fiction and fantasy, and beginning with Mysterious Canada, he has written or complied six books of Paranormal Canadiana. These books, plus media appearances, have earned him the title "Canada’s Mr. Mystery."

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