Choosing to live a life on land instead of on or near the sea is a common theme in several poems from Charles Bruce’s 1952 Governor General’s Award winner [_The Mulgrave Road_]. Bruce is never entirely clear about why a life on [_terra firma_] should be privileged over one lived on water, but what is […]
(How Poems Work, October 2003)
Charles Bruce (1906-1971) wrote numerous poems, as well as short stories and a novel, evoking life in the Chedabucto Bay area of Nova Scotia where he was raised. A journalist by profession, he spent most of his career in Toronto with Canadian Press (CP), and wrote the original _CP Stylebook_.
“Biography” first appeared in Bruce’s 1951 book _The Mulgrave Road_, which won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. The collection portrays a community whose inhabitants rely on land and sea, as well as one-another, for their livelihood….