Robert Kroetsch was born in Heisler, Alberta and has lived, worked, taught and written in many places including a riverboat on the MacKenzie River, universities in New York State, Manitoba and in Calgary. While he was the Distinguished Visiting Writer in the University of Calgary's Markin-Flanagan Distinguished Writers Programme he resided in the house previously owned by the Calgary artist John Snow, a house whose creative occupant provided inspiration for this beautiful poem.

The real home of the artist John Snow seen through the eye of the poet Robert Kroetsch

An excerpt from a draft manuscript of the poem Lines Written in the John Snow House

An excerpt from a draft manuscript of the poem Lines Written in the John Snow House Robert Kroetsch fonds,
Accession no.: 712/02.6, Special Collections, University of Calgary. Used with permission.

  

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