Our poets at rest: Marianne Bluger

Born: Ottawa, Ontario, August 28, 1945

Died: Ottawa, Ontario, October 29, 2005

Buried: Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario

Photo: Frances Boyle

Author of 11 collections of poetry, including Summer Grass (Brick Books, 1992), which won the Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry in 1993, Zen Mercies/Small Satories (Penumbra Press, 2005) and the posthumous Nude With Scar (Penumbra Press, 2006).

An essay by Ottawa poet Terry Ann Carter titled “Red Lights and Chartreuse Fronds: The Tanka Poetry of Marianne Bluger” appeared in Arc 57, winter 2006. To order a copy, click here.

A feature review by Harold Rhenisch of collections by Ottawa poets including Marianne Bluger’s Early Evening Pieces (BuschekBooks, 2003) appeared in Arc 54, winter 2004.

Biographical info and poems by Marianne can also be found at:


A tribute to Marianne from Haiku Canada can be found at:


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