This is a unique historical journey that will offer readers a glimpse of our country’s past as it was: renowned Group of Seven painter Lawren Harris boldly brings to us, by way of poetry and painting, a snapshot of early urbanization.
In 1922, as the Group of Seven was emerging as a national phenomenon, Lawren Harris published his only book of poems — Contrasts — the first modernist exploration of Canadian urban space in verse. Harris also wandered the streets of Toronto, sketching, and creating a powerful set of urban paintings. Lawren Harris: In the Ward brings his poetry and painting together for the first time. The book, including previously unpublished poems, offers a new view of Harris’ pre-Group of Seven career, while presenting an exciting window into Canadian urban space at the turn of the century.

from "A Note of Colour"
the city that is ever shrouded in sooty
smoke, and amid huge, hard buildings, hides a gloomy
house of broken grey rough-cast, like a sickly sin in
a callous soul...

LAWREN HARRIS: IN THE WARD - His Urban Poetry and Paintings - Lawren Harris
Edited, with an Introduction by Gregory Betts
Poetry and 20 full-page Paintings throughout • 7x7 • 112 pages
(pb) $24.95

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