Sadly, Judith Fitzgerald Has Passed Away
Posted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 10:08 am
Sorry to report that Canadian poet and B'Loser Judith Fitzgerald passed away on November 25. She was an old timer, an original, and a passionate Cohen devotee. I can think of no one who deserves to rest in peace more. I hope she and Sandy are singing in that Hallelujah choir tonight.
http://www.robmclennan.blogspot.ca/2015 ... -1952.html
rob mclennan's blog
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Judith Fitzgerald (November 11, 1952 - November 25, 2015)
Canadian poet and critic Judith Fitzgerald has died. An obit here reads:
Ms. Fitzgerald died suddenly, but peacefully, at her Northern Ontario home on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 in her 64th year. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of her Life will be announced at a later date. Judith Fitzgerald was the author of twenty-plus collections of poetry and three best-selling volumes of creative non-fiction. Her work was nominated and short-listed for the Governor General's Award, the Pat Lowther Award, a Writers' Choice Award, and the Trillium Award. Impeccable Regret was launched this year at BookFest Windsor to critical acclaim. Judith also wrote columns for the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star, among others. "Her work is incredible...entirely inventive, deeply moving, and universally attractive." – Leonard Cohen. For further information, to make a donation, order flowers or leave a message of condolence or tribute please go to http://www.paulfuneralhome.ca or call Paul Funeral Home, Powassan, ON (705) 724-2024.
As I wrote in my recent review of her Impeccable Regret (Vancouver BC: Talonbooks, 2015): “The author of some two dozen poetry titles going back more than forty years, from Octave (1970) to the most recent “Adagios Quartet” – published through Oberon Press as Iphigenia’s Song, vol. 1 (2003), Orestes’ Lament, vol. 2 (2004), Electra’s Benison, vol. 3 (2006) and O, Clytaemnestra!, vol. 4 (2007) – Fitzgerald, through multiple award nominations and her ongoing critical work, has been a consistent force in Canadian writing for decades. She has also produced some of my favourite poetry overall; herLacerating Heartwood (Toronto ON: Coach House Books, 1977) remains one of my most reread poetry collections.”
Judith Fitzgerald was one of my favourite Canadian poets, as well as being one of my earliest and most passionate supporters, and both she and her work were very important to me in my twenties [see the piece I wrote here about a decade ago on one of her poems from Lacerating Heartwood]. We even brought her to town to read at TREE (as she claimed, her “second last public reading”) on April 9, 1996, and produced, through above/ground press, her chapbook26 WAYS OF THIS WORLD: A Variation of Ghazals. Part of a longer work-in-progress, D’Arc and de Rais, about Joan of Arc and Gilles de Rais, I was always slightly disappointed she abandoned that title for the final publication, appearing as26 Ways Of This World (Ottawa ON: Oberon Press, 1999). We kept an occasional correspondence that was furiously active between extended silences. She was good enough to even occasionally send poems for some of my schemes,including my Canadian issue of dusie. An email two weeks ago after my review of her Talonbooks was the first I’d heard from her in a few years.
As a poet, critic and person in the world, she was passionate, brilliant, forceful and sometimes difficult. I shall miss her.
http://windsorstar.com/entertainment/bo ... dies-at-63
DALSON CHEN, WINDSOR STAR
More from Dalson Chen, Windsor Star
Published on: November 30, 2015 | Last Updated: November 30, 2015 6:58 PM EST
Poet with Windsor ties Judith Fitzgerald dies at 63
Judith Fitzgerald, a celebrated Canadian poet known locally as an “honorary Windsorite,” has died.
According to an obituary, Fitzgerald passed away suddenly but peacefully at the age of 63 in her northern Ontario home on Nov. 25.
Over the course of her 45-year writing career, Fitzgerald produced more than two dozen volumes of poetry, including several published by Windsor-based Black Moss Press.
Her 1991 volume Rapturous Chronicles was nominated for the Governor General’s Poetry Award.
She also wrote well-received biographies on Marshall McLuhan and singer Sarah McLachlan, and contributed pieces to national publications such as The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.
Most recently, her volume entitled Impeccable Regret was launched at this year’s edition ofBookFest Windsor.
Fitzgerald’s relationship with Windsor began in the 1990s, when she spent time as writer-in-residence at the University of Windsor.
Although her later years were spent in the community of Port Loring, Fitzgerald maintained her connections with Windsor and was treasured by the local literary community. She was scheduled to be one of the invited guests at BookFest in October, but had to cancel due to suffering a fall.
In 2010, Fitzgerald wrote a creative piece for The Globe and Mail entitled “The pen and the pain” that detailed a previous fall, explored her health issues, and wryly warned of “writerly occupational hazards.”
Sarah Jarvis, BookFest Windsor’s organizer, said Fitzgerald will be missed. “She was frail throughout her life, but she was really all about the poetry. She’s part of Windsor’s literary landscape.”
Cremation has taken place at A.M. Paul Funeral Home in Powassan, Ont. Arrangements are being made for a celebration of Fitzgerald’s life.