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[Note: This essay is basically an extraction of interesting elements from the first portion of Kurelek, A Biography (1986) by Patricia Morley]. [caption id="attachment_17307" align="alignleft" width="215"] Hailstorm in Alberta[/caption] Bill Kurelek was born in 1927 to Ukrainian pioneers who had settled near Edmonton, Alberta.  Journalists dubbed him "the people's painter", but he...

Early Irish poetry can be disorienting, to a poor modernist like me. I refer to verse from the sixth to ninth centuries, in Gaelic and in Latin (often with an irrepressible brogue) — what the Irish call “Old,” to distinguish from their “Mediaeval” verse in the tenth through, say, the...