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bill bissett

Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St.

  • Author: peggywat
  • Date Posted: Jun 1, 2016
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  • Address: Plaque is outside art gallery, at northeast corner of Robson and Hornby
Bill Bissett

Photo credit: Barry Peterson and Blaise Enrightk


Location: Plaque is outside art gallery, at northeast corner of Robson and Hornby

Active as a painter almost as much as a poet, bill bissett supported himself since the 1960s by selling his paintings and reading poetry.

hudduld in foetal sleep   undr th soft eternal
rain   inside the dream   a mushroom space ship
floats us   worreeless   up into th centr uv th
reveree

From vancouvr

The Vancouver Art Gallery hosted an extensive one-person show of bissett’s art in 1984, called ‘fires in th tempul’. Thirty years later a second major B.C. author, Douglas Coupland, also had a one-person VAG show at this location. Labelled a “man-child mystic,’’ bill bissett proved William Blake’s adage that “the spirit of sweet delight can never be defiled.” After he produced more than 70 books of poetry, his writing was easily identifiable due to the incorporation of his artwork and his consistently phonetic (funetik) spelling. Idealistic and ecstatic perspectives frequently obscure his critical-mindedness, humour, and craftmanship. bissett’s poetry was the subject of a six-month brouhaha in Parliament in 1977-78 over the fact that taxpayers were subsidizing allegedly profane poetry. His main publishing house Talonbooks and professor Warren Tallman, who taught bissett at UBC in the early 1960s, organized literary benefits that included Allen Ginsberg and Margaret Atwood. After 45 years as a writer and publisher, bissett received the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

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The Vancouver Art Gallery hosted an extensive one-person show of bissett’s art in 1984, called ‘fires in th tempul’. Thirty years later a second major B.C. author, Douglas Coupland, also had a one-person VAG show at this location. Labelled a “man-child mystic,’’ bill bissett proved William Blake’s adage that “the spirit of sweet delight can never be defiled.” After he produced more than 70 books of poetry, his writing was easily identifiable due to the incorporation of his artwork and his consistently phonetic (funetik) spelling. Idealistic and ecstatic perspectives frequently obscure his critical-mindedness, humour, and craftmanship. bissett’s poetry was the subject of a six-month brouhaha in Parliament in 1977-78 over the fact that taxpayers were subsidizing allegedly profane poetry. His main publishing house Talonbooks and professor Warren Tallman, who taught bissett at UBC in the early 1960s, organized literary benefits that included Allen Ginsberg and Margaret Atwood. After 45 years as a writer and publisher, bissett received the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

hudduld in foetal sleep   undr th soft eternal
rain   inside the dream   a mushroom space ship
floats us   worreeless   up into th centr uv th
reveree

From vancouvr

 

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