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Poetry. The poem that is RIFFS tells the story of a passionate love affair, in vintage Lee style -- with whoops, deep chords, and headlong improvisational arcs. We hear Bach, Bo Diddley, Bird; the news is heartache and being. Celebratory and catastrophic, the poem tracks ways in which eros and our lives are made mutually accountable. RIFFS is a landmark achievement from ...more
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Published January 1st 1993 by Brick Books
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Mark Victor Young
Jun 21, 2009 Mark Victor Young rated it really liked it
Before I could read, I knew Dennis Lee's poetry by heart. He taught me that poetry was fun and I have never been afraid of it since. In this book of poetry for adults, there is some of that sense of fun in the musical rhythm of some of the lines, the puns, and the word play, but in RIFFS, Lee has a lot more on his mind than "alligator pie."

This book is a story poem in 88 segments about the disintegration of a love affair between a middle-aged man and a married woman, who eventually chooses to re
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Andrew Sare
Is it so wrong of me to wish that Dennis Lee produced a mega novel 900 pages of brain disconnecting snortings, bashes and woots? If it took Denis Lee 10 years to produce the 80 odd page Riffs (!!!), then maybe there's one coming, 40 years in the making? One can dream.

In the afterword Dennis Lee explains the concept of of his masterpiece -Riffs:
" I presume people know what a riff is. The word comes from jazz, and it refers to one of those little melodic improvisations a soloist does. Though str
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Dennis Beynon Lee, OC, MA (born 31 August 1939) is a Canadian poet and thinker who lives in Toronto, Ontario. He is also a children's writer.
After attending high school at the University of Toronto Schools, Lee received bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the University of Toronto. He is best known for his children's writings; his most famous work is the rhymed Alligator Pie (1974). He
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