Alden Nowlan was born in Stanley,Nova Scotia (d. 1983). He became recognized as one of Canada’s most popular twentieth-century poets. Also a journalist, dramatist and novelist, he once stated that “. . . if it hadn’t been for the Windsor public library, I might have ended up just working in the woods.” (By the age of sixteen he often hitchhiked to the library, where he began his lifelong passion for learning and reading.) For Nowlan, poetry was “. . . all about people, and to hell with literature.” He first published works of poetry in 1958 and by 1967, when his collection Bread, Wine and Salt was published by Clarke Irwin, he was regarded as one of the most original voices of his generation, and received the Governor General’s Award for English Poetry. (Photo credit: © Kent Nason).