Dennis Lee is the author of more than 30 books of poetry and prose, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Born in Toronto in 1939, in 2001 Lee was named that city’s first poet laureate. He initiated the Toronto Legacy Plaques Program and more recently served as a resident artist with Soulpepper Theatre Company. In 1967, Lee co-founded House of Anansi Press with Dave Godfrey and served as its editorial director until 1972.
Heart Residence collects, for the first time, work from all corners of Dennis Lee’s extraordinary career, from nursery rhymes and skipping songs to uncompromising moral introspection to full-tilt love songs, plangent psalms, and ecstatic, solitary prayer. In its verve and variety, this is a one-of-a-kind collection.
One of the first illustrated books published about Canadian children and featuring Canadian place names, Alligator Pie established Dennis Lee’s reputation as “Canada’s Father Goose” and has sold more than half a million copies since its publication in 1974. This classic edition, featuring Frank Newfeld’s instantly recognizable original illustrations, includes favourites such as “Willoughby Wallaby Woo” and “Skyscraper.”