Canada: On the Verge

In Winnipeg last week, the University of Manitoba's Chester Duncan, lecturer in English, told the Winnipeg Poetry Society: "Our well-known Canadian laconicism is not always concealed wisdom, but a kind of dumbness, a frustration, a between-ness. We are continually on the verge of something but we don't quite get there. We haven't discovered what we are or where we're going and therefore we haven't much to say."

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